The President of Tanzania, Julius Nyerere, headed the celebrations to mark the 14th anniversary of the country's independence.
The President of Tanzania, Julius Nyerere, headed the celebrations to mark the 14th anniversary of the country's independence. The highlight of the celebrations came with a massive parade by members of the Tanzanian armed forces, police, Peoples' Militia and the Young Pioneers of Tanzania, in the National Stadium in the Tanzanian capital of Dar Es Salaam.
Thousand of people attended the parade including government officials and other dignitaries, amongst whom were leaders of the African National Council, Rev. Abel Muzorewa and the Rev. Ndabaningi Sithole.
Other celebrations have been going on for three days previously. These included special prayers in churches and mosques throughout the country.
Tanzania was the first British colony in East Africa to be given independence under the then name of Tanganyika in 1961. Three years later, in 1964, the newly independent country formed the Union with the then Zanzibar to form the East African Nation of Tanzania.
SYNOPSIS: President Nyerere of Tanzania was the guest of honour at a parade which climaxed three days of celebrations to mark the fourteenth anniversary of Tanzania's independence. The country was the first British colony in East Africa to be given independence. It was then named Tanganyika. Three years later in formed the union with Zanzibar to form the nation of Tanzania, in nineteen sixty four. The anniversary celebrations included special prayers in churches and mosques throughout the country.
Thousands of people watched the parade, including two leaders of the African National Council, The Reverend Abel Muzorewa and the Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole. Amongst those who took part in the parade were members of the Tanzanian armed forces, national police, the Peoples' Militia and the Young pioneers of Tanzania. Other leading government officials were also amongst those who attended the parade.
Since independence in nineteen sixty-one Tanzania has attempted to follow an independent policy in regards to international politics. Several weeks ago President Nyerere visited Britain, the former colonial masters of Tanzania.