Tanzania has opened a magnificent project in the capital Dar es Salaam to honour its first president Mwalimu Julius Nyerere who passed on in 1999.
The Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation building (MNF) as it is being called has been built by China Railway Construction Engineering Group (CRCEG).
The inauguration of the building coincided with the 20th anniversary of the passing of Mr Nyerere.
The project has a total construction area of 63,000 square meters and is home to a five-star hotel with 256 bedrooms and suites, 7,000 square meters of offices, 2,000 square meters of commercial retail areas and supporting facilities such as conference centers and parking lots.
Speaking during the unveiling of the project, Tanzanian president John Magufuli said that the project signifies the role the former president played during the pre and post independence.
“Tanzanians will now be able to learn Nyerere’s legacy by revisiting a state-of-the-art archive located in the MNF Building that stocks his books, speeches and other literature,” he said.
Magufuli said that the major challenge facing Tanzanians was how to honor what Nyerere had stood for.
Also present were Wang Ke, the Chinese ambassador to Tanzania and Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni.