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Tanzanians jubilant for 60 years of achievements

Tanzanians jubilant for 60 years of achievements

TANZANIANS have a lot to celebrate socially, culturally, and economically as the country's marks the climax of its 60th anniversary of independence with people from different walks of life highlighting advances so far made.

Since December 9, 1961, when the country, then known as Tanganyika, gained independence from British colonialists under the leadership of Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, numerous achievements have been recorded.

Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation Minister Liberata Mulamula said Tanzania has pursued a foreign policy based on the principles of non-alignment, friendship with all nations, and African unity, including encouraging optimal cooperation among African states, during a virtual symposium themed ‘60 years of Tanzania’s independence; where we came from, where we are, and where we are heading.’

“The main thrust of Tanzania's foreign policy is to maintain national interests, including peace, security, unity, and prosperity. Tanzanians are proud of innumerable remarkable achievements the country has achieved in the last 60 years,” said Mulamula.

Tanzania, according to her, has representation in over 44 nations and has developed diplomatic ties with a number of countries, with 62 embassies representing various countries in the country.

“Our relationships have continued to grow over the past 60 years,” She stated that the main aspect of diplomacy is that everyone has his/her own meaning, but it truly means creating relationships and bringing about reconciliation via discussion, which Tanzania is more focused on.

The minister went on to say that, one of Tanzania’s triumphs was institutionalizing a common language for everybody, Kiswahili, which is the country’s lingua franca and, indeed, one of the tools that helped construct one nation.

Kiswahili is now used in various official meetings.

Tanzania’s independence struggle, according to Steven Wasira, a veteran politician, began many years ago, with a modern history beginning in 1954, when Mwalimu Julius Nyerere and his colleagues founded the Tanganyika African National Union (TANU).

“TANU’s mission was to equip Tanganyika’s people to govern themselves, build national unity, and combat all forms of prejudice in society. “The fight for independence was not easy; the British estimated it would take us 25-30 years, yet it only took seven,” he remarked.

He stated that our country’s economy was poor when it gained independence, with one person’s income being 380/-, 85 per cent of the population being illiterate, and Tanzanians having a life expectancy of 40 years.

This is why Mwalimu Nyerere announced a three-year development plan, naming the enemies of development such as ignorance, disease, and poverty. The resolution, according to Mr Wasira, provided the groundwork for all subsequent growth plans seen to date.

“Today’s success is attributable to the first phase government’s efforts to defeat the three development enemies,” says Mr Wasira.

According to Naseeb Abdul, a Tanzanian musician better known by his stage name Diamond Platnumz, said 60 years signifies a lot because the proper systems and the appropriate environment have placed artists in the right place.

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