The President of Tanzania, Samia Suluhu Hassan, has cancelled Independence Day celebrations scheduled for 9 December to fund dormitories for children with special needs.
The 61st Independence Day event was slated to have an estimated cost of $445,000.
Money will instead be used to build eight dormitories in primary schools around the country – recited a recent statement by the Minister of State, George Simbachawene.
Simbachawene added that the country will celebrate by having debates and conferences on future development.
This is not the first time Tanzania has cancelled celebrations.
In 2015, former President John Magufuli scrapped the event and diverted funds towards the building of a road in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.
In 2020, he did the same to devolve budget towards medical facilities.