By Patrick Kisembo
THE Second Vice President in the Revolutionary government of Zanzibar, Amb Seif Ali Idd has laid a foundation stone construction of Mao Tse Tung Stadium in the Isles
ZANZIBAR’S second Vice President, Ambassador Seif Ali Idd on Saturday evening laid a foundation stone for the Sh15billion worth Mao Tse Tung stadium in Zanzibar.
Speaking before the event, he said construction of stadiums which is in the Zanzibar government programmes is a reflection of the Isle’s ambition to world to promote the Sports sector so that it returns to its international status.
Ambassador Idd said once the construction of the shillings 15billion worth stadium is complete, they will help in the production of quality players into the world records like what Zanzibar Heroes did in the CECAFA cup and beach Sand Heroes champions.
Laying of a foundation stone is a continuation of activities done to commemorate 54th anniversary of Zanzibar’s Revolution.
Amb Idd explained that the construction of the Mao Tse Tung Stadium was a major effort taken by the President of Zanzibar and the Chairman of the Revolutionary Council, Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein in developing sports that are eligible to be admired and loved by sports fans in the country.
The VP said, the Mao Tse Tung Stadium Construction has been funded collaboratively by the Chinese government and the government of Zanzibar.
Earlier the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Culture, Tourism and Sports Zanzibar, Omar Hassan King said the construction of Mao Tse Tung Stadium is expected to cost USD 5 million equivalent to 15 billion Tanzanian shillings.
He said Tshs. 11 billion equivalent of 29 million yuan is being issued by the China government and Shs. 4 billion will be issued by the Zanzibar government for further development.
On his part, Pen Yang, speaking on behalf of the Chinese Consular in Zanzibar confirmed that Mao Stadium's construction work will continue to be implemented and will be completed in the scheduled period.
Pen Yang said Mao stadium will continue to remain in the history of long-term relationships between China and Zanzibar which began just after the Zanzibar Revolution of 1964.
The construction of the stadium started in May 2017 and is being implemented by the Chinese based company, Zhengtai Group. The ground is expected to be complete by October this year.