By Azania Post Reporter
SOME current and past members of Parliament in Tanzania who wanted the government to halt down Uhuru Torch race will have to wait until incumbent President Dr John Magufuli ends his tenure.
There has been a lot of pressure from opposition MPs in the Parliament asking for the government to stop the race , saying it does not have any meaning for the nation.
The current and former MPs who have been opposing the Uhuru torch race publicly include Joshua Nassari (Arumeru East – Chadema), Kombo Khamis Kombo (Mgogoni – CUF), Moses Machali ( former Kasulu Urban – NCCR-Mageuzi), Vicent Nyerere (former MP Musoma urban- Chadema) and Hamad Rashidi Mohammed ( Former Wawi-CUF).
Speaking yesterday in Zanzibar during Uhuru torch race climax, President Magufuli said the torch would remain relevant to Tanzanians, considering its role in unifying the nation and stimulating socio-economic development around the country.
The President gave three reasons he would not consider shelving the Freedom Torch during his tenure in office, insisting that it is more relevant now than ever.
“ It is a national symbol that promotes development; unites Tanzanians and strengthens our union; it also symbolises freedom and light and during my tenure and Zanzibar president Dr Ali Shein’s tenure, the Uhuru Torch race will be sustained,” the President vowed.
He said that he was quite aware that some sections of society were longing for the torch to be abandoned. “I asked myself are these people part of this country’s history?
The legislators argued that the Uhuru Torch race should be halted immediately and the torch be kept at the National Museum for remembrance purposes only.
In one of Parliamentary session , Chadema legislator Nyerere was quoted as wanted to know; benefits of the Uhuru Torch race, amount of money used to finance the annual event and if the money was audited.
Next year, the Uhuru torch race would be launched in Geita region and its climax will be celebrated in Tanga region.