PRESIDENT Ali Mohammed Shein yesterday led Tanzanians, including Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, Second Vice- President, Ambassador Seif Ali Iddi, ministers and representatives from foreign embassies at prayers to remember the late Abeid Amani Karume, Isles first president.
Calling for love and unity in the country, clerics from different religions performed prayers held at the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) head office- Kisiwandui in the Stone Town, where the grave lies beside a monument.
“We pray for peace, stability and good health for our serving leaders. Unity, love, and peace are things that Karume left for us, we must nurture them,” emphasised the clerics during the prayers also attended by prominent women led by First Lady Mwanamwema Shein.
Retired leaders Dr Mohammed Gharib Bilal (former Vice-President); Mzee Ali Hassan Mwinyi (former Union President) and Dr Aman Karume (former Zanzibar President), political leaders and family members of the late Karume led by his widow Fatma Karume also attended the prayers.
Addressing the gathering after the laying wreaths of flowers at the grave, religious leaders further called upon Tanzanians to pray and honour people who fought for independence led by the late Karume and Mwalimu Julius Nyerere.
The late Abeid Karume was assassinated on April 7, 1972 while playing ‘bao game’ and he is widely remembered for working together with Nyerere to create union and providing people with land for farming, free education and health.
Meanwhile, improved quality of cloves, standard processing and good services have prompted the Global Trade Leaders’ Club to confer the ‘International trophy for Quality product’ to ‘Zanzibar State Trade Corporation (ZSTC)’ at a conference held in Paris France.
“We are happy with the award and encouraged to make our products better,” Dr Said Seif Mzee – ZSTC Executive Secretary informed journalists at a press conference held here to reveal the award.
He said that Zanzibar has been working hard to meet the international standard for its cloves, and that many of the customers are happier with the product from the Isles, now struggling to double its current export of about 4,000 tonnes annually.
The ZSTC Marketing Manager, Mr Salum Abdalla Kibe said at the press conference “We are proud of the award because of our hard work, I appeal to all farmers to ensure that the cloves they produce remains of required quality.”
Global Trade Leaders’ Club is an association of leading businesses, which gathers more than 7500 members from 95 different countries, all working in the sectors of production and services.
At the conference held in Paris France, most of the club members voted for Zanzibar for its quality cloves. The main motto of this association is to promote trade exchanges and human relationships amongst business entities from all over the world.