Tanzanian celebrities are being urged by the government to embrace their own. Now, the country’s tourism minister Hamisi Kigwangalla wants homegrown stars to get in on the act.

It’s now commonplace for Western celebrities to ascend Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain.

In a Twitter appeal, Hamisi Kigwangalla urged people like the country’s most popular musician Diamond Platnumz to take part in a charity climb in September.

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He also wants top politicians, sports people, journalists and dozens of others to join his effort to raise money to help in the fight against HIV/Aids.

He said,

The fight against HIV its not only for the government role but everyone should take part



Recent UN statistics suggested that the rate of HIV infections among young people is on the rise.

The tourism minister thinks that by involving Tanzanian celebrities in the charity climb young people are more likely to hear the message.

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