A statement issued by the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Coordination, Labour, Youth and Employment and People with Disabilities) Jenista Mhgagama said the government requests all people in Zanzibar to come in big numbers to participate at the event.
She said the ‘Torch’ will be raced throughout the country led by six youths from Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF) for a period of 150 days and its apex will take place in Chato District, Geita Region on October 14 this year.
The minister said the message for this year’s ‘Torch Race’ is on the correct use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) – “ICT is a Foundation for the Nation’s Sustainable Development. Use it Correctly and with Accountability.”
She said in addition to the message the ‘Torch Race’ will continue to remind and mobilise Tanzanians and leaders countrywide to continue the fight against HIV/Aids, malaria, use of illegal drugs, war against corruption and adhere to better nutrition for a healthy society.
She said: “This year’s ‘Torch Race’ will be unique due to various challenges we have faced and continue to face as a nation especially the Covid-19 pandemic and the passing away of various national leaders whilst in office.
“The Torch must be raced throughout the country because it was suspended last year due to the pandemic so as to revive hopes among Tanzanians and to mobilise them to work harder under the sixth phase government of our President Samia Suluhu Hassan.
“In addition, its uniqueness also stems from the fact that it will be raced in the country’s 150 administrative districts instead of the 195 local councils as it used to be.”
She said during the race, stress will be made to ensure all the country’s local councils adopt the electronic system in government revenue collection, to disclose corruption and embezzlement of government funds in development projects in the councils and mobilise for patriotism among Tanzanians.
“In this regard, there will be some changes in the conduct of the ‘Torch Race’ due to the special intended aims. Regions through their governments have been advised on the better ways to supervise the Torch race, “ she added.