Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Youth, Employment and Persons with Disability Jenista Mhagama said that 1,067 projects worth 1.2trn/- were inaugurated during this year’s Uhuru Torch Race which covered 21,480km and passed through 31 districts in 150 days.
Speaking yesterday in Chato District, during the climax of this year’s Special Uhuru Torch Race – held under the theme: “ICT is the Foundation of the Sustainable Nation: Use it correctly and accountably,” the Minister said:
“Most of the projects launched were in the health, education, water, environment, finance and good governance sub-sectors.”
Mhagama pointed out that the race also saw many people benefiting from free screening for HIV/AIDS, malaria and various other diseases
She noted that, though, the investigations by PCCB found loopholes in some projects and the government immediately ordered that remedial and other action be taken as appropriate.
The Minister recommended that next year’s edition of the Uhuru Torch Race, to be launched in Njombe Region, cover all government development projects – including those recently referred to by the president.