Cuban Leader, Dr.Fidel Castro, has left Tanzania for a surprise visit to Mozambique on an?
Cuban Leader, Dr.Fidel Castro, has left Tanzania for a surprise visit to Mozambique on an African tour that has already taken him to Ethiopia, Algeria, Libya South Yemen and Somalia.
SYNOPSIS:On Sunday (20 March), Dr. Castro visited an agricultural secondary school at Ruwa, about 45 miles (70 Kilometres) from the capital. Dar Es Salaam. The school is being built with Cuban assistance. In an address to the crowd at the school, Dr. Castro said Cuba was a poor country and could not help all the poor countries as much as they would like. He said Cuba's resources were occupied, as for example in Angola. The speech was one of few public addresses he gave in Tanzania.
The Cuban leader was presented with a spear and shield, traditional African gifts to a warrior. His country is reportedly helping to build three such agricultural schools in Tanzania, at a cost of 1.6 million pounds (2.7 millions dollars US) each.
The Tanzanian President, Dr. Julius Nyerere, accompanied Dr. Castro on his inspection of the school. The two men have had no formal talks, but officials said they had been having conversations as the tour proceeded. Relations between the two countries have been friendly for some time, and were further strengthened when President Nyerere visited Cuba in 1974.
As well as helping with the schools, Cuba has also sent 50 doctors to Tanzania and is providing a cattle artificial insemination scheme and a proposed sugar plantation.