Zanzibar is preparing for January's celebrations of the tenth anniversary of the revolution which overthrew the Arab Sultanate and replaced it with the Afro-Shirazi party.
GV & SV Sultan's Palace
SV Scaffolding around buildings; workmen painting buildings
SCU Workmen paint wall (2)
LV PAN Slum area to New hotel
LV Slum area with new housing block
SV Barge moored at quayside
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SV PAN Workers lay concrete outside new Hotel Bwamwami
GV PAN Across BWAMWAMI HOTEL
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Background: Zanzibar is preparing for January's celebrations of the tenth anniversary of the revolution which overthrew the Arab Sultanate and replaced it with the Afro-Shirazi party.
The Sultan's palace and the waterfront buildings are receiving their first coat of paint for ten years. Work is going on night and day on the Bwamwami Hotel which will house foreign visitors to the celebrations It was designed by the late President Abeid Karume, who was assassinated last year. Materials were shipped from the Tanzanian mainland in motor beats and dhows. Another project nearing completion is the new town of Michenzani on the outskirts of Sanzibar town.
The Arab Sultan Seyyid Jamshid bin-Abdullah was killed in a bloody racial revolution in January 1964 --a month after Zanzibar gained independence from British colonial rule. Since 1964 the Afro-Shirazi party has been in firm control, under the now leadership of President Aboud Jumbo.
SYNOPSIS: The Sultan's Palace is one of the many buildings in Zanzibar town caught up in the frantic preparations for Zanzibar's anniversary celebrations. In January it will be exactly ten years since the Arab Sultan, Seyyid Jamshid bin-Abdullah was killed in a bloody racial revolution.
The Sultan's Palace is receiving a new coat of paint. Its current resident is President Abound Jambe who's also vice-president of Tanzania. he is leader of the ruling Afro-Shirazi party. President Abeid Karume was assassinated last year after nine years of power.
Karume designed the new Bawamwami Hotel. Its rapid construction has been a top priority, because it will house foreign visitors to the celebrations.
Another project racing ahead is the new town of Michenzani on the out-skirts of the capital.
Materials have been brought across from the Tanzanian mainland in meter boats and dhows.
No expense has been speared for the lavish celebrations. Work continues twenty-four hours a day.
Ten years of independence from British colonial rule is being celebrated during December. But there's a shadow ever the festivities. Sentence still has not been passed on sixty three men accused of being involved in the assassination of President Karume.