TTB STAFF JOIN ‘UHURU EXPEDITION’ TO MARK 51 YEARS AT THE PEAK OF MT.KILIMANJARO.
The Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) in collaboration with KJ Traders and Serengeti Breweries this year organized a Mount Kilimanjaro climb under the name of Uhuru Expedition which coincided with cerebrations marking 51 years of Tanzania Mainland Independence.
Central players in the event which attracted 38 participants were TTB staff, Members of Parliament, Serengeti Breweries staff alongside officers from the Tanzanian Peoples’ Defense Force (TPDF), and guests from the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority.
The importance of the campaign was driven home by the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki, when he received the climbers at Marangu gate and declared that, as from now, his Ministry would take the responsibility of making this an annual event. 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.
Accompanied by the Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner, Leonidas Gama, the Minister awarded certificates of achievement to nine participants who conquered Mount Kilima-njaro peak. They are, 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).
In consonance with the campaign, the TTB Board Chairman, Ambassador Charles Sanga, requested Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) to reduce fees in order to enable more Tanzanians to participate in Mount Kilimanjaro climbing.
The event took place from 6th to 10th of December, 2012.
Tanzania Tourist Board members, Mr Abdulkarim Shah (seated fifth left) and Mr. Kaika ole Telele (seated first right)and staff who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro accompanied by some Members of Parliament, officers from the Tanzania Defence Forces, Kibo Breweries and visitors from Zimbabwe Tourism Authority pose for a group photograph as part of the 51st Tanzania Mainland Independence celebrations. The climb was lead by Retired General George Waitara (seventh standing, left).