A crowd of at least ten thousand people were present at Saturday's (April 7) memorial meeting in Zanzibar to mark the assassination exactly a year earlier of the island's leader, Sheikh Abeid Karume.
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GV Zanzibar and party flags at half-mast with crowd gathered in background
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SCU PAN Jumbe arrives
GV PAN Vast crowd assembled
SV & CU Jumbe addresses crowd
SV Religious leaders seated
SV Jumbe continues speech
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Background: A crowd of at least ten thousand people were present at Saturday's (April 7) memorial meeting in Zanzibar to mark the assassination exactly a year earlier of the island's leader, Sheikh Abeid Karume. The mourners, who flocked around the Sheikh's grave, heard Moslem and Christian prayers for his soul. They were led by Sheikh Karume's successor, Aboud Jumbo.
The day was declared a public holiday throughout Zanzibar, with all flags flying at half-mast and Radio Zanzibar broadcasting religious ceremonies, readings from the Koran, and recorded speeches of Sheikh Karume -- who led Zanzibar into union with Tanganyika in 1964 to form the Republic to Tanzania. His assassins were reported to have been later killed, but 86 people are awaiting trial accused of complicity in the killing. At the memorial meeting, according to local newspaper reports, Aboud Jumbo said they would go on trial at the and of April or the beginning of May.
SYNOPSIS: The Afro-Shirazi Party of Zanzibar headquarters and the grave of former Zanzibar leader Sheikh Abeid Karume wear the site of a memorial meeting on the first anniversary of his assassination on Saturday. About ten thousand people gathered for the Christian and Moslem prayers, on a day declared a public holiday with all flags flying at half-mast. The mourners were led by Sheikh Karume's successor, Aboud Jumbo, who is also First Vice-President of Tanzania, Sheikh Karume led the island into union with Tanganyika in 1964, to form the Republic of Tanzania. This was shortly after his Afro-Shirazi Party overthrew the previous Arab minority regime in a bloody revolution, and seized power. Throughout Saturday, meanwhile, Radio Zanzibar broadcast religious ceremonies, readings from the Koran, and recorded speeches by Sheikh Karume.
Mr. Jumbo told the crowd, according to local newspaper reports the following day, that trials of eighty-six people accused of complicity in Sheikh Karume's assassination would begin at the and of April or in early May. Sixty-three of them are hold in Zanzibar, and the other twenty-three are on the Tanzanian mainland. There has been no indication whether the mainland government is going to return the twenty-three to stand trial under the island's different legal system Reports say there re still disagreements between the two authorities on the legal rights of the accused. The gunmen themselves, are dead -- they were reported killed soon after the assassination. There were no political speeches at the memorial meeting, meanwhile, as had been expected.