19 November 2012

Tanzania: Kibaki Set to Bid Arusha Farewell

PRESIDENT Mwai Kibaki will be bidding Arusha residents farewell next week as he retires, for good, from his capacity as chairman of the East African Community's Heads of State Summit.

The outgoing Kenyan Head of State is concluding his ten-year tenure as president of the neighbouring country, a term in which he got elected twice. Kenya goes to polls next March (2013) after which the country's current head of state will be replaced.

Mr Kibaki, who has been heading the regional Heads of State Summit for the Arusha based, East African Community, for the past 12 months, will join the other four presidents here for the inauguration of the new EAC Headquarters Complex, before signing off from the political limelight.

Reports from the EAC Secretariat in Arusha are to the effect that the occasion to inaugurate the three-winged, four-storied complex, built at the cost of 30 billion/- will be taking place on Wednesday, the 28th of November 2012. The completion of the construction of the EAC building has set a record of being the first ambitious project to be realized in time with a saving of 3.3 billion/-.

The planned budget for the construction of the stateof- the-art, East African Community Headquarters was 30.2 billion/- but the project works, according to the EAC Senior Estate Management Officer, Dr Phil-Makini Kleruu, has taken slightly over 26 billion/-.

"Not all locally executed projects are mismanaged, take the EAC headquarters' premises for instance, it should go down the record as being a project which has managed to save 3.3 billion/- from the initially planned budget in addition to being completed in time," said Dr Kleruu.

The host country's head of state, Mr Jakaya Kikwete, will lead his four regional counterparts; including the Ugandan leader, President Yoweri Museveni, Burundi President, Pierre Nkurunziza and Rwandan leader, Paul Kagame in the inauguration ceremony.

The five presidents will afterwards head off to Longido District, where they are again expected to inaugurate the completed work on the 240km Arusha to Athi-River highway, linking Northern Tanzania and Southern Kenya via the Namanga border. The road project was also being executed under the East African Community.

President Kibaki will later host all the other EAC member states' presidents in his country's capital of Nairobi, where the 2012 Heads of States Summit meeting will be held early next month. It will be Mr Kibaki's final summit.

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