Tanzania moves to make founding father's residence tourist destination

BUTIAMA, Tanzania, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said Tuesday plans were underway to turn the residence of Tanzania's founding President Julius Nyerere in Mwitongo village in Butiama district, Mara region in northern Tanzania into a tourist destination.

A statement by the Prime Minister's Office issued Wednesday said Majaliwa made the remarks when he visited Nyerere's residence in Mwitongo village and paid homage to his grave as part of his Mara region official visit.

Majaliwa directed Butiama district authorities to assess the current state of Nyerere's residence to enable the government to take relevant action that will make the place a tourist destination. He also directed the Ministry of Works to ensure that a road leading to Mwitongo village was constructed to tarmac level to enable tourists to easily access the place.

Nyerere, born on April 13, 1922 and died on Oct. 14, 1999, was president of Tanzania from 1964 to 1985.

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