Premier Majaliwa said the area should be developed and maintained for annual commemoration event to be held on April 12 every year. The late Sokoine died on April 12, 1984.
He gave the directive yesterday when speaking after inspecting construction progress of state-of-the-art Sokoine Memorial High School at Wami-Dakawa in Morogoro.
Tasked leaders include Morogoro Regional Commissioner, Dr Steven Kebwe, Mvomero District Commissioner, Mohammed Utali and Movomero district executive director, Florent Kyombo.
“We had agreed earlier that this area should be developed to a memorial place. It is 35 years since the late Sokoine died in a car crash at Wami-Dakawa in Morogoro”, he noted.
He said developing the area will result into the many activities including the Sokoine marathon which was held in Arusha city recently and intended to be held in Mvomero District.
Prime Minister Majaliwa said the Sokoine Memorial high school was constructed in honour of the late Prime Minister.
He added: “We constructed the school only to have a permanent structure in his honour. The school will include a special room to be used to store the various memorial items”.
He urged the Regional Commissioner to ensure timely completion of the school buildings for students to be enrolled. He said once construction of class rooms is completed, students can be enrolled while the contractor is still working on other the remaining structures.
The school’s construction started in June 2017 whereby until now the region had spent 1.7bn/-.
Movomero district executive director, Florent Kayombo informed the Prime Minister that construction of the school stopped in May 2018 due to financial constraints.
Kayombo said so far they had constructed 16 class rooms, 16 toilets and four office buildings at the cost of 396,988,359/-.
He said a total of 899, 381,643/- was spent for construction of a dormitory with the capacity to accommodate 256 students. He said that 218,068,299/- was used to construct the dining hall and another 178,583,000/- for construction of two teachers’ houses.