Tanzania’s President Samia Hassan Cancels Independence Day Celebration, $445,000 Budget Will Instead Be Used To Build Dormitories For Physically Challenged children

The President of Tanzania Samia Suluhu Hassan has cancelled the country’s Independence Day celebrations scheduled for Friday and directed that the budget instead be used to build dormitories for children with special needs.

The budget 61st Independence Day was reported to be $445,000, the money will now be used to build eight dormitories in primary schools around the country.

Tanzania’s minister of state, George Simbachawene, on Monday said the money had been disbursed. He said the East African country will celebrate Independence Day by having public dialogues on development.

Usually, Independence Day celebrations are marked with pomp and state banquets.

This is not, however, the first time Tanzania has cancelled the celebrations.

In 2015, then-President John Magufuli cancelled celebrations and diverted funds towards the building of a road in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.

In 2020, he did the same and directed that the budget be used to buy medical facilities.

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