Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

25 December 2012

Tanzania: President Presents Christmas Gifts to Eight Centres

PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete has assisted vulnerable groups in Dar es Salaam and others in some regions to enable them celebrate Christmas joyfully.

In a short handover ceremony at the Children's Remand Centre in Dar es Salaam, the Assistant Commissioner for Social Welfare in the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Mr Rabikira Mushi, presented eight centres with goats, 100kg bags of rice and 40 litres of cooking oil. "

Traditionally, President Jakaya Kikwete generously extends these gifts to you and he hopes that you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year," he said. The beneficiaries of the donation include orphanages and houses for the elderly in Chamazi, Nunge in Temeke district, Chakuwama, Sinza in Kinondoni district, and Msimbazi centre and Mburahati in Ilala district.

Other regions that have received the president's aid include Sebleni centre in Unguja and Istikama in Pemba as well as other centres in Mbeya, Arusha, Singida, Mwanza and Tanga regions. A Catholic nun working at Msimbazi house for the elderly Sister Yusta Mhumbila thanked the President for his generosity, saying the recipients will have delicious food during this festive period.

The Assistant Director of Chamazi Centre, Mr Haruna Mtandika, said that President Kikwete has shown that he puts people who are unable to sustain themselves economically. "President Kikwete has time and again shown us how one should treat other human beings who are less fortunate, I feel privileged to have a President like him," he said.

The Children's Remand Caretaker, Mr Alex Bwire, said that he was very grateful for the donation particularly on behalf of the remanded children for being recognized as human beings, rather than criminals.

Mr Bwire said that the President's gesture should be emulated by other sections of the society, especially during this joyful season, saying that there is nothing more glorifying than to put a smile on children, even when they are in problems.

He said that currently there were four children in the remand with an expected addition of six others from the city court. "Thanks to the help of UNICEF and the presence of social workers at the Kisutu Court, cases involving children get priority these days, the rights of children today are greatly respected," he said.

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