Zanzibar remembers deceased former leaders

ZANZIBAR: THE week-long commemoration of the 52nd anniversary since the death of Zanzibar’s First President, Abeid Amani Karume, has started with the government releasing a programme to visit 18 graveyards of late leaders who contributed to the development of Zanzibar after the 1964 revolution.

At each of the graveyards in both Unguja and Pemba, residents and leaders will gather to perform prayers for the deceased under the supervision of the Office of the Mufti of Zanzibar.

According to the programme released by Minister of State, Office of the Second Vice-President (Policy, Coordination, and House of Representatives), Mr Hamza Hassan Juma, the graveyards to be visited include Muachealale village in Unguja West A District, where the late Major General Abdalla Said Napete was buried.

The late Ali Hassan Mwinyi graveyard at the Manga Pwani, Unguja North Region will also be visited. Late Mwinyi was the third President of Zanzibar after the revolution, and he is remembered as one of the great leaders who transformed Zanzibar.

Prayers will also be conducted at Makunduchi, where Zanzibar’s fourth President, Sheikh Idris Abdulwakil, was buried.

Another graveyard is in Mkwajuni village, Unguja North Region, where the late Brigadier General Ramadhan Haji Faki was buried.

Also on the list is Shakani village in Unguja West B District where the late Lieutenant Colonel Said Iddi Bavuai was laid to rest, and in Kiembesamaki area where the deputy senior Commissioner of Police, late Khamis Darwesh Mdingo, was buried.

The graveyard of late Colonel Seif Bakari Omar in Kiembesamaki, and Kisiwandui where late Pili Khamis Mpera was buried, will be visited for prayers before the climax of Karume Day on April 7th this year at Kisiwandui, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) Isles Head Office.

Others lined up for the visit and dua (special prayers) are that of late Said Washoto Mnyuke in Unguja West A District; Chukwani area where the first Afro-Shirazi Party (ASP) Secretary-General, late Sheikh Thabit Kombo, was laid to rest.

In Unguja North Region is where the late Hafidh Suleiman Almasi was buried, while at the Sharif Msa, Mtoni area in Unguja West A District is where the late Yussuf Himid Maftah was laid to rest.

The two are recognised for their great contribution to the revolution struggle and building Zanzibar.

He added other places listed for visit as Mwanakwerekwe, where the Commissioner of Police, late Eddington Herbert Kissassi, was buried and at Nyali Mtambwe in Pemba where the former Zanzibar Chief Secretary, late Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad, was buried.

Also on the list are the graveyards of late Mohamed Abdalla Kaujore at Mwanakwerekwe; late Aboud Jumbe Mwinyi at Migombani in Unguja; and late Hamid Ameir Ali in Donge village.

The prayers visit started on Monday and will also reach Chakechake District, where Zanzibar’s Chief Minister and Union Vice-President Dr Omar Ali Juma was buried.

“We ask people in respective areas to turn out in big numbers to pray for our leaders,” Mr. Juma said. The minister said that on Karume Day, various leaders led by President Dr Hussein Mwinyi and President Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan are expected at the special prayers to be held at the CCM Sub-office, Kisiwandui.

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