Long live the Union

Long live the Union

The union between the two countries was in line with the spirit of greater African unity as envisaged by the founding fathers of the Organization of African Union (OAU), which was established just a year before Tanzania was formed in 1964.

Among the founding fathers of the OAU was the late Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere. His aspirations for seeing a united Africa that fully utilizes her resources for the development of her people remain ideal to date.

To set an example, Mwalimu Nyerere and the first president of Zanzibar, the late Sheikh Abeid Amani Karume, did not hesitate to merge their countries soon after the revolution in the Isles.Today, as many countries try and fail to integrate while others have witnessed secession, the Tanzania union has shown the way.

Historically, the people of Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar have been interacting for many years and some share the similar cultural and traditional values. It will also suffice to state that many people from the Isles originally hail from the mainland.

We hail the union's founding fathers for bringing us together. Of course Tanzanians are aware of the presence of detractors who have always agitated for the break-up of the union. These have time and again claimed that the union does not benefit either party.

These are people who are bent on belittling the great achievements this country has recorded after merging. There have been several challenges over the years, none of which the two parties have failed to address and resolve.

As a people, we should cherish our founding fathers for fostering a society that enjoys peace, harmony and tranquility. These are values we should cherish because they are a necessary recipe for development and prosperity.

We have shown that despite our differences we can always live and work together towards achieving a common goal, the development of our people by using our collective resources. Proponents of the break-up of the union should be shunned for they do not wish Tanzania well. Long live the Union.



Author: EDITOR

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