Zanzibar — ZANZIBAR's new city centre is 'Michenzani' area; authorities have declared that the new place to be named 'Mapinduzi Square' takes over from 'Darajani, which was for decades the islands' commercial centre.
"Our focus is Michenzani flats area, the area first developed by the first Zanzibar president the late Abeid Karume. The aim is to have a new city and reduce congestion at Darajani area.
We are determined to improve Michenzani with better roads network, cleanliness and housing," said Dr Mohamed Juma, Director for land use and urban planning. He said at the press conference heldat the Ocean View Hotel in Zanzibar the development project has taken off, anticipating Michenzani with new look in next five years. "We need residents' support in making our dream a reality," Dr Juma said.
The Director of Construction, Mr Ramadhan Bakar, said at the meeting organised by the Second Vice-President's Office that the construction of the revolution's memorial tower at Michenzani is well in progress.
"The memorial tower will be an architecturally-innovative landmark expected to attract the visual attention of both residents and visitors, including tourists. It is an order.
We must have the construction of the tower complete by January 12, 2014, the climax for the 50th anniversary of the revolution," said Mr Bakar, famous here as 'Rama China.' Eng. Bakar said that people should not be worried about the standard of the 30-metres tower, because the work is being done by skilled contractors -- China Railway Jianchang Engineering (CRJE) Company. He said Zanzibar engineers, led by him, are keeping an open eye on the construction for best results.
According to the Principal Secretary (PS) in the Second Vice-President's Office, Dr Khalid Salim Mohammed, the cost of the construction of the memorial tower is estimated to be not more than 2bn/- to be released by the Zanzibar Social Security Fund (ZSSF). "ZSSF is investing in the project because it is sure of getting back its money within a short period of operation.
The place will have a shopping mall and leisure centre to cater for all kinds of people, including tourists," said the PS. He said that people including tourists interested to learn about Zanzibar's 1964 revolution will have the opportunity because the tower includes archive and museum.
The PS said that preparation for the grand 50th anniversary have been going on well, asking the media to support the celebration by feeding the people with right information.