CCM now urged to renovate stadiums

17Jun 2021
Ismail Tano
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
CCM now urged to renovate stadiums

PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan has asked the ruling party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), who are the owners of many stadiums in Tanzania, to lay artificial turf in the venues.

Mbeya's CCM-owned Sokoine Stadium.

The head of state made the call on Tuesday while addressing the youths of the Lake Zone on behalf of the country's youths at Nyamagana Stadium in Mwanza.

She said that many of the stadiums owned by CCM are in deplorable condition, so the ruling party should use the opportunity to vouch for the elimination of the Value Added Tax (VAT) for artificial grass to improve the stadiums.

"As you have heard in the next financial year we have abolished VAT for artificial grass to improve our stadiums," she said.

"Here I am talking to my party, CCM, many of these stadiums are owned by CCM but they are not satisfactory”.

President Samia moreover instructed the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts, and Sports to prepare a program to improve the stadiums.

"So I want the CCM Deputy Secretary-General who is here to prepare a program to improve the stadiums, you ought to seek investors that will come in to renovate,'' she instructed.

The President responded to a request made a few weeks ago by Makete MP Festo Sanga who stood in Parliament to ask the President to intervene in the issue of CCM-owned football stadiums in the country.

The legislator revealed the facilities are plagued by challenges, thus, the situation calls for the facilities' renovation.

The MP moreover asked the President to abolish taxes on artificial grass to improve stadiums.

"We are asking the President to help us make sure these stadiums get artificial grass to help the country develop sports in the country,'' Sanga stated.

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