President Samia to launch Union book

President Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan is expected to launch a book on 60th years of the Union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar today. 


DODOMA: President Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan is expected to launch a book on 60th years of the Union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar today, the government announced to set up a museum to document and archive in 2024/25 financial year.

Tabling the 45bn/- budget for recurrent and development expenditure, Minister of State in the Vice President’s Office (Union and Environment) Dr Selemani Jafo said the climax will be Friday this week saying major strides have so far attained in the past 60 years.

He told the National Assembly that the 60th Union book will be a public awareness training and education tool kit on various aspects of Union matters.

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Dr Jafo named eight priority areas in the coming fiscal year implementing a number of projects including establishing a museum to document and archives on Union.

Dr Jafo outlined several achievements that had so far been obtained via the Vice- President’s Office (VPO), which is charged with the responsibility to coordinate Union matters as well as strengthening relationship between the United Republic of Tanzania (URT) and the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar on non-Union matters.

He said the ministry is responsible for coordination, supervision and environmental management and indeed, it has in the past 60 years continued to foresee issues pertaining to environmental management, supervision and coordination.

Dr Jafo underlined key achievements in 60 years of the Union, including upholding peace, national unity and socio-economic development.

According to him, the success was in line with the vision of the founding fathers of the nation, the late Mwalimu Julius Nyerere and Sheikh Abeid Aman Karume.

Dr Jafo asked the citizens to continue protecting the prevailing peace, unity and tranquility.

“It has been years of unity, peace and prosperity as was the vision of our founding fathers …we should continue to maintain this noble and unique value of our nation,” Dr Jafo added.

The minister further highlighted other major strides that the country has so far attained in the past 60 years.

They include improvement of the economy, advancement in provision of social services such as education, water and health.

He went on to mention other achievements as improvement in defence and security, implementation of development programmes and development for the two parts of the Union.

“The government has also continued to address challenges of the Union, improving the cooperation on non-Union matters as well as providing mass education on Union affairs,” said the minister.

Dr Jafo said the recorded success has been beneficial to the people from Mainland and Zanzibar, and, as a result, the Union has remained stable for over a half century.

Tanzanians from across the country prepare to mark 60 years of the Union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar later next month, the government has said it is finalising procedures to solve the remaining four unresolved Union contentious matters.

Dr Selemani Jafo, so far both the Union and Zanzibar governments have already resolved 21 Union vexes with only four issues remaining.

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