Tanzania cancels independence Day celebration, diverts funds to kids

President of Tanzania, Samia Suluhu Hassan has canceled Independence Day celebrations scheduled for Friday, instead directing the funds to build dormitories for children with special needs.

The $445,000 allocated for the country’s 61st Independence Day event will 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.

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.