Every year, since 1992, the Sokoine University of Agriculture has been organizing the Sokoine Memorial Week to celebrate the life and legacy of Hon. Edward Moringe Sokoine (former Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania) due to his commitment, hard work, and tireless effort to the development of Tanzania focusing greatly on the ordinary people whereby the majority are farmers.
For this year, the celebrations are scheduled to take place from May 24 to 27, 2021 at the Sokoine University of Agriculture after being previously postponed following the death of the late President of the United Republic of Tanzania Dr. John Pombe Magufuli.
Speaking on the preparations for the event, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) Professor Maulid Mwatawala said that Sokoine University of Agriculture will continue to honor and celebrate the great contribution of the late Edward Moringe Sokoine due to his tenacity, focus and stand as a leader in managing work, development agriculture sector, Patriotism, and hatred of corruption.
Members of the press taking notes on Sokoine Memorial to be held at the end of next month
"The University decided to implement the decision to celebrate this day from 1992 because this leader was a hard worker and who always fought for development and prosperity in the agricultural sector and food security for Tanzanians especially in rural areas" stressed Prof. Mwatawala
Prof. Mwatawala added that during his tenure, the late Sokoine fought hardly the issue of corruption and strengthened integrity in the public service where the current government is also doing the same for the development of the nation.
He added that the highlights of the week will include the Exhibition of Technology and Innovation in Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, holding a scientific conference for scholars, researchers, students and various stakeholders, and the Sokoine Memorial Lecture to be held on 27 May 2021
The event will also be accompanied by the provision of human health services, especially non-communicable diseases, the provision of free veterinary services through SUA animal referral hospital to the community, blood donation and a variety of sports that will be accompanied by prizes for the winners.
The chairman of the sokoine memorial week organizing committee, Prof. Samuel Kabote (First from left) commenting on the preparations
For his part, the chairman of the Sokoine Memorial Week organizing committee, Prof. Samuel Kabote explained that you cannot talk about the history of Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) without mentioning the late Edward Moringe Sokoine because the University bears his name.
The theme for this year is “Agricultural technologies, productivity and market competitiveness in Tanzania: towards upper - middle income country”
SUA Communication and Marketing Officer Ms. Mariam Mwayela (first right) Giving a welcome address to the participants of the Press Conference
The late Edward Moringe Sokoine died in a car accident in Morogoro Region on April 12, 1984 at the age of 46, and during his tenure he served for two terms from 13 February 1977 to 7 November 1980 and again from 24 February 1983 to his death in 12 April 1984.
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