7 million set aside for Barbados Golden Jubilee, compared with Tanzania…

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart justifies the over $5 million budget for this year’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, saying it is a once in a lifetime achievement for Barbados, and it must be acknowledged.

Responding in Parliament to criticisms of the proposed spending by members of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party, Stuart was adamant this show would go on, insisting Barbados, at age 50, had much to celebrate…

Under the Prime Minister's Office, a total of $5,111,542 was allocated for the coming financial year, since April, to cover the expenses of the National Independence Secretariat, which is in charge of the yearlong activities.<br /> This is in addition to the $1.27 million set aside for the celebrations from the previous fiscal year.

Under the Prime Minister’s Office, a total of $5,111,542 was allocated for the coming financial year, since April, to cover the expenses of the National Independence Secretariat, which is in charge of the yearlong activities.
This is in addition to the $1.27 million set aside for the celebrations from the previous fiscal year.

Tanzania’s newly elected President John Magufuli has cancelled independence day celebrations, and has ordered a clean-up campaign instead.

It would be “shameful” to spend huge sums of money on the celebrations when “our people are dying of cholera“, he said, state television reported.

Cholera has killed about 60 people in Tanzania in the last three months.
This will be the first time in 54 years Tanzania will not hold celebrations to mark independence from the UK.

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