It has also explained this year’s edition of the event was lined up for May 28 it was called off owing to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to Abdiel Mengi, a Director with the IPP Group of Companies, requests from various quarters including people with disabilities that the luncheons resume “have been worked upon and granted and, God willing, the event will be hosted again starting this coming year”.
He was speaking in Moshi municipality early this week at a ceremony where he was presented with a ‘Paul Harris Fellow Major Donor’ trophy Rotary Foundation of Rotary International has bestowed upon his late father in recognition of his contribution to efforts to rid Tanzania of polio.
Elimringi Ngowi, an elder who attended the ceremony, said: “I want to assure you that Dr Mengi has not died. In body, yes, but in spirit he is still alive. As has been aptly said, he is still in this world and through his family and through relatives, friends, acquaintances and all those he left, his spirit is still with us.”
The outbreak of Covid-19 saw the government order the suspension of all manner of activities and events as a precaution, one being the Uhuru Torch Race.
Abdiel Mengi said the family was thankful to God “for having honoured us with a father like Dr Reginald Mengi”, because he was many things to them, and they couldn’t thank God more for how He had bestowed upon their father character that cared for other human beings.
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