Zanzibar Revolution@60: African leaders commend unity and progress

ZANZIBAR: RWANDAN President, Paul Kagame has lauded the people of Zanzibar for their unwavering commitment to the goals of the revolution and their role in shaping the aspirations set by its founders.

He made the remark at the occasion to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Zanzibar Revolution.

President Kagame, addressing the jubilant crowd, praised the nation for maintaining peace, a testament to the enduring spirit of the revolution.

He emphasised the success of the union between Zanzibar and Tanganyika, which culminated in the birth of Tanzania, as a remarkable achievement. Kagame asserted, “Your success in the union is evidence that Africans can unite as brothers and as nations.”

On the historic day, Kagame paid homage to the brave men and women who stood against injustice, laying the foundation for the nation’s present prosperity.

The President expressed his belief that the Zanzibar Revolution showcased Africa’s capacity to unite and resolve its problems while seizing available opportunities for collective advancement.

Deputy President of Kenya, Rigathi Gachagua, attending on behalf of President William Ruto, echoed Kagame’s sentiments.

He applauded the people of Zanzibar for their commitment to the revolution and conveyed Kenya’s best wishes. Gachagua recognised the strong ties between Kenya and Zanzibar, emphasising the importance of collaboration for social and economic transformation.

Mr Gachagua highlighted the recent visit of Zanzibar President Dr Hussein Mwinyi to Nairobi for Jamhuri Day celebrations, calling it a significant gesture affirming the enduring sisterhood and brotherhood between the two nations.

He also spoke of ongoing efforts to deepen cooperation and collaboration, aiming to break down trade barriers and promote interaction beyond imposed boundaries.

Adding to the chorus of commendation, Prime Minister of Burundi, Gervais Ndirakobuca, expressed gratitude for the existing cooperation between Tanzania and Burundi.

Mr Ndirakobuca called for increased collaboration, emphasising the need to strengthen the bond between the two nations for the betterment of all Africans.

He acknowledged Tanzania’s support during times of tragedy, expressing hope for the continued thriving of this brotherhood.

In his remarks, Ndirakobuca extended warm wishes to Tanzanians and Zanzibaris, applauding their struggle for freedom and the eradication of discrimination.

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