Arusha Times (Arusha)

24 November 2012

Tanzania: President Kibaki to Bid Arusha Farewell

President Mwai Kibaki will be bidding farewell to Arusha residents next Wednesday as the Kenyan Head of State retires, for good, from his capacity as Chairman for the East African Community's Heads of State Summit.

The outgoing Kenya's leader, is in the process of packing up and vacating the Nairobi State House, after completing 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 who ascended to the throne in 2002, 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 in the occasion to inaugurate 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 and is to be graced by the five member states' presidents.

The just completed construction of the East African Community Headquarters' premises here has meanwhile set record for 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 state-of-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 records as being an exemplary project which has managed to save 3.3 billion/- from the initially planned budget in addition to be completed in time," said Dr Kleruu.

The host country's head of state, Mr Jakaya Kikwete, will lead his four regional counterparts--the Ugandan leader, President Yoweri Museveni, Burundi President, Pierre Nkurunzinza and Rwandan leader, Paul Kagame, Mwai Kibaki in the inaugural ceremony.

The five presidents will afterwards head off to Longido District, where they are expected to also inaugurate the completed works on the 240 kilometres' 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 hosts 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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