17 December 2012

Tanzania: Kikwete Inaugurates Sh1.3 Billion Army Library

PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete officially inaugurated a newly built 1.3bn/- library at the Tanzania Military Academy in Monduli District, Arusha Region, over the weekend.

Kikwete, who is also the commander-in-chief of the Tanzania armed forces used the occasion to pledge a donation of 558 study books for the new library, which is set to accommodate 250 officers at a time.

The officer-in-charge at TMA, Lt. Colonel Suleiman Mzee, said the double storey facility, constructed by the National Service (SUMA)'s economic wing, already has 4,840 text, study and research books and will also be housing a special wing that offers Information Technology (IT) facilities.

"We still need around 8,000 US dollars to fully equip the library with all the required facilities," Colonel Mzee said, adding that so far, the military studying outfit has been fitted with equipment valued at 386m/-. During the inauguration, the new military library was christened 'Dr Jakaya Kikwete,' army library.

Other personalities that have facilities named after them at TMA in Monduli include the first President of Tanzania, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere and former Prime Minister, Mr Edward Moringe Sokoine.

Mr Kikwete, who initially laid a foundation stone for the army library's construction last year, had previously commissioned 192 officer cadets who graduated after completing long and short courses at TMA, during a ceremony attended by thousands of residents from Monduli, Arusha and neighbouring districts.

Among the graduates were 176 males and 18 females, including 12 top officers from Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Seychelles and the host country Tanzania.

Five candidates who performed well during the course which started in January 2012 ending on December 15, were also awarded by the president during the parade of honour, with the overall best officer being Mr Peter Orupia from Kenya.

Mr Mshindo Mwaruka, Mr Meshack Mazengo and Officer Rutagwerere were Tanzanians who performed well and received awards while Ms Stephania Chami became the only lady who got awarded by the president at the ceremony.

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