DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The Zanzibar
archipelago off the Indian Ocean coast in east Africa on Friday
marked 45 years of the assassination of the founding President
Abeid Amani Karume.
Karume was Zanzibar’s president
from 1964 to April 7, 1972 when he was gunned down by assassins.
Speaking at Zanzibar’s headquarters of the ruling party Chama
cha Mapinduzi (CCM) at Kisiwandui where Karume was buried,
Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said the revolution
which was led by Karume in 1964 was aimed at liberating and
uniting Zanzibaris and Tanzanians in general.
Zanzibar merged with Tanganyika in 1964 to form the United
Republic of Tanzania.
The deal was witnessed by Karume and Tanzania’s founding
President Julius Nyerere.
"Let’s commit this day to be more united," said Majaliwa,
"Its high time people shun cheap politics that are likely to
break the unity among the people of Zanzibar and mainland
Majaliwa said the current Zanzibar government was working
hard to ensure that the union between Zanzibar and mainland
Tanzania thrived for the interests of both sides.
Zanzibar’s Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, Hamad
Rashid, said Karume will always remain endeared in the hearts of
many people because he always fought for the betterment of poor
He said Karume’s exemplary leadership made Zanzibaris to have
a sense of belonging.
"Whoever goes against the vision of this Union of Tanganyika
and Zanzibar, must know that he/she is downplaying the efforts
that were invested by our former great leaders," said Rashid.
Rashid asked all political parties to use the platform of
multiparty democracy to defend the interests of the union and
add value to it instead of tearing it apart.
Zanzibar President Ali Mohammed Shein led government leaders
and residents of Zanzibar during a special prayer to commemorate
the death of Karume.
Shein laid a wreath on the late Karume’s grave in recognition
of his efforts in extricating Zanzibar from the hands of