Kongwa to become Africa’s ‘liberation’ centre-minister

11May 2019
Polycarp Machira
DODOMA
The Guardian
Kongwa to become Africa’s ‘liberation’ centre-minister

KONGWA district in Dodoma region has been identified as the national 'liberation ' centre whereby various infrastructures for the historic works, including those of the founding father, Julius Nyerere will be built, it has been learnt.

deputy minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Juliana Shonza.

The deputy minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Juliana Shonza told the National Assembly that in the implementation of heritage and liberation programme in Africa the government chose Kongwa to be the main historic centre.

She made the explanations while responding to a question by the Mtera MP, Livingstone Lusinde (CCM) who had argued that since the government has relocated to Dodoma there was need to have a library of the works of Julius Nyerere in the capital city.

“Does the government sees it fit to have a library to showcase of works of the father of the nation which will be part of tourism for regional residents and beyond?" posed the MP.

Shonza in her response said basing on the importance of the two former leaders, Julius Nyerere and Abeid Amani Karume, the government in 2004 passed a law that provide guidelines on how to store their historic activities and building of such centres.

She added that in 2011 the United Nations (UN) appointed Tanzania the coordinator of the heritage and liberation programme in Africa, which among others include the duty to store Nyerere's work and those of other leaders in the continent.

The deputy minister added that it is in the same spirit that UNESCO renovated studios of the former Radio Tanzania Dar es Salaam (RTD) located along the Nyerere road in Dar es Salaam where several works of the father of the nation are found.

She said the government acknowledges efforts of other institutions that have stored several of the late president's works. She named some of the institutions as National Library in Dar es Salaam, National Museum in Dar es Salaam,the Butiama based Nyerere Museum, the National Archives office, the  Nyerere Foundation, the national television TBC and ITV.

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