60TH UNION ANNIVERSARY:Samia stresses peace, solidarity

DODOMA: PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan has urged Tanzanians to continue maintaining peace and solidarity while striving to build a strong work ethic as well as patriotism.

She emphasized the importance of honouring the founders of the Union through practical actions.

Dr Samia made the remarks during the launch of two significant books on the Union, titled “60 Years of the Vice President Office (1964 – 2024)” and “Photographic Journey, 60 Years of United Republic of Tanzania (The Union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar 1964-2024)” at the State House in Chamwino, Dodoma, yesterday.

“I am confident that by reading these two books, we will learn many things that we previously did not know about the Union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar.”

“Perhaps we haven’t prioritised comprehending our union enough, therefore these books can help. So, let these books be read.”

Drawing from her personal experience, President Samia reflected on her tenure in the Office of the Vice President, serving in various capacities.

She expressed comfort in knowing that the contributions of all those who served in that office are documented in these books to ensure future generations will remember their efforts.

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She emphasized the importance of preserving history and heritage and viewing these publications as invaluable records for the nation.

Through these books, President Samia said she expects that many Tanzanians will gain access to diverse information, enriching their understanding of the Union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar.

She reiterated the significance of the 4R philosophy, emphasizing the necessity of change in every sector, as evidenced by the operation of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) highlighted in the second book, authored by individuals from the private sector.

President Samia underscored the importance of preserving history, citing her observations from international travels where history is a significant tourism driver.

She emphasized that by presenting Tanzanian history effectively, the nation can attract more visitors, similar to other countries leveraging their historical narratives.

Furthermore, she emphasized the need for both teams to collaborate in translating the second book, “Photographic Journey, 60 Years of United Republic of Tanzania (The Union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar 1964-2024)” into Kiswahili to ensure accessibility for all Tanzanians.

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This is not the first book by the Vice President’s Office, in 2022 they published a book titled “The Union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar: Origin, Foundations, and Development,” prepared as part of the celebrations marking 58 years of the Union.

The book aimed to provide insights into the union’s history, successes, challenges, and resolutions while highlighting the collective responsibility to safeguard and cherish it.

As Tanzania commemorates 60 years of the union, President Samia affirmed the government’s commitment to continue educating Tanzanians about the union’s significance as seen through on-going efforts to produce educational materials.

The United Republic of Tanzania was established on April 26, 1964, through a union agreement between the Republic of Tanganyika and the People’s Republic of Zanzibar, signed by the respective presidents, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere and Sheikh Abeid Amani Karume, on April 22, 1964.

The agreement was ratified by the Parliament of Tanganyika and the Revolutionary Council on April 26, 1964, with the exchange of Union Documents occurring on April 27, 1964.

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