Tanzania calls off Independence Day celebrations, donates funds to kids instead

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan has canceled this year’s independence celebration to divert funds to kids.

Instead of celebrating independence day, the President has redirected the funds toward children with special needs. It was estimated that the event was supposed to cost $445,000, but this money will now be used to build eight dormitories in primary schools across the nation. Tanzania’s Minister of State, George Simbachawene said that the money had already been distributed.

Instead of spending money on celebrations and parades, the East African country will now commemorate independence day by having public dialogues on development. The conferences and debates will be followed by schedules for regional and district leaders to continue with social activities in multiple areas, including cleaning hospitals, elderly homes, schools, and groups with special needs. However, this isn’t the first time Tanzania has called off the celebrations, in fact, in 2015, the then President did the same and diverted these funds to the building of a road in Dar es Salaam.

The current president, Hassan, is Tanzania’s first female head of state. Prior to this, she drew attention by ordering policemen to lose weight to be more effective at work.

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