Speaking when he launched the newly constructed Ubungo Interchange which he has named after the late Chief Secretary John Kijazi the president said he plans to upgrade one of the municipalities within the region to a city, then name it Dar es Salaam.
Ilala was the likely municipality to be upgraded to city status due to its density and geographical location, he stated
He said the city lacks a central operating unit and thus the situation should be changed, as “there is a lot going and that’s where misuse of money comes from.”
Without issuing a timeline, the president said the city must be a representative area, as when this lacks there is incessant misuse of public funds.
Ubungo interchange becomes Kijazi Interchange in a gesture to celebrate the life of the late engineer who rose to become Chief Secretary.
Kijazi died on Wednesday last week at the Benjamin Mkapa Hospital in Dodoma aged 65 and was buried at his home village in Korogwe District, Tanga Region, and .
He was until his death the Chancellor of University of Dodoma (UDOM) since last August, taking over from the deceased retired President Mkapa.
Kijazi Interchange has three levels is located at Ubungo where three major highways meet, namely Morogoro Road, Sam Nujoma Road and the Nelson Mandela Road.
The lower section of the interchange is five kilometers long and moves on the sidelines of the rising through-roads to the left and to the right depending on the direction of the vehicle approaching the meeting point of the major roads.
Some vehicles also pass below the interchange when moving from one side to the other instead of driving straight ahead as with the interchange upper levels.