MPs AND TTB STAFF JOIN OTHERS TO CELEBRATE 51 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE DAY ON TOP OF MOUNT KILIMANJARO.
Tanzania Tourist Board in collaboration with KJ Traders, and Serengeti Breweries organized a Mount Kilimanjaro climb to mark 51 years of Tanzania Mainland. Out of the 38 people who ascended the mountain, the Members of Parliament were special invitees to this event that gave a new start towards promoting domestic tourism. The others included Army personnel from Tanzanian People’s Defense Force, Staff of Tanzania Tourist Board and guests from the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority.
The event took place from 6th to 10th of December this year and it took three days to climb the Great Mount Kilimanjaro and two days for the descend. On 10th December around 3.00PM the climbers were down on the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro at KINAPA gate where they were met by the Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism Hon. Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki(MP) accompanied by the Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioners Hon. Leonidas Gama. The Chief guest Hon. Ambassador Kagasheki then awarded certificates of appreciation to the participants in their effort to climb the mountain. Mr. Peter J. Mkumbo (Tanzania Tourist Board), Mr. Elia Malaki (Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism), Maj Gen C.K. Gimonge (Kibo Breweries), Mr Steve Ganno (Kibo Breweries), Maj S.H. Mnumbe (TPDF), Lt K.M. Marjeby (TPDF), Pte Kassanga A.M.(TPDF), Pte Makala E.D. (TPDF) and Mr. Valentine Offoro (Mwananchi Communications) were given special appraisal for being amongst those few from the team to be able to reach till the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. Hon. Ambassador Kagasheki, praising the success of this occasion said “Indeed this is a wonderful event and I think it should be the responsibility of my ministry to take care of this event every year.”
The gathering of these notable figures and their efforts to climb Mount Kilimanjaro also set the rolling stone towards promoting domestic tourism in the country, encouraging Tanzanians to visit world famous tourist attractions of the country. In this context, Chairman of Board of Directors of Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB), Ambassador Charles Sanga has requested Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) to reduce the fee for mountain climbing for the Tanzanians, specifically. Noting this request, TANAPA has promised to improve the environment of the mountain in order to attract more visitors.