Arusha, Tanzania — President Jakaya Kikwete upgraded Arusha municipality to a city status after a seven-year wait for the status.
He conferred the status by unveiling the new 'City Emblem' at the Arusha Declaration Museum grounds in Arusha, Tanzania.
The Head of State also laid a foundation stone at the 'Florida' roundabout along Col. Middleton Road.
Arusha Municipality publicist Ms Ntengenjwa Hosea said the President also inaugurated the ongoing construction of roads and street refurbishments in the town.
She said that effective from the 2nd of November 2012, Arusha became Tanzania's fifth city after Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Tanga and Mbeya.
She explained that Arusha which came into being in 1900 was declared a township in 1948 and became a Municipality in 1980.
She added that it was placed on fast track onto becoming a city on the 1st of July 2005, but the highest urban status was placed on hold pending some adjustments to the town's topography.
The conditions were that the Municipality must upgrade and improve its infrastructure and expand its mapped area in order to boost population as well as 'killing off' 11 villages that were existing within the precinct, by upgrading them into either wards or streets.
The 2002 Population and Housing Census indicated that the town centre population on any particular night remained just above 280,000 though this figure was raised to 320,000 in the 2008 estimates.