MANYARA, Babati PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan and other top government officials including Vice President Dr Philip Mpango attended a Memorial Service for the Father of the Nation, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere at the Roman Catholic Church’s Holy Ghost Parish in Babati, Manyara on Saturday.
Today, Tanzanians are observing the 24th anniversary of remembering the first President, who died at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, United Kingdom on October 14, 1999.
Speaking on behalf of the Head of State, Vice President Dr Philip Mpango asked the church to continue praying for the peace to persist in the country because without it, no development will be attained.
“Don’t get tired praying for peace to persist. Without peace, no development,” he said.
Dr Mpango described Mwalimu Nyerere as a person who believed in equality, humbleness, environmentalists and a hard worker.
“He was humble, ready to be corrected. Let’s remember him through hard work,” the VP said.
He applauded existing cooperation between the government and religious institutions, including the Catholic Church.
He described the cooperation as the partnership fostering development in various sectors including health and education.
President Samia and VP Mpango cumulatively donated 100m/- at the Parish.
After the service, the Head of State accompanied by other top government leaders moved to Kwaraa Stadium in Babati to grace the climax of the Uhuru Torch race.