A mass rally and parade on the island of Zanzibar was the climax of five days of celebrations marking the tenth anniversary of Zanzibar's revolution.
A mass rally and parade on the island of Zanzibar was the climax of five days of celebrations marking the tenth anniversary of Zanzibar's revolution. An estimated 75,000 people crowded into the Chinese built Amaan stadium on Saturday (12 January) for the parade. Among the official guests were the Tanzanian President, Jules Nyerere, the Vice President of India, G.S. Prathak and the Vice-President of Somalia, Hussein Kulnie Afarh.
In an hour long speech, the Zanzibar leader, Mr. Aboud Jumbe declared his government's intention to diversify the economy of the islands over the next decade. They are now heavily dependent on the export of cloves. Mr. Jumbe announced a wide ranging plan to produce locally many of the goods that Zanzibar now imports, and to make the islands self sufficient in food.
The 1964 revolution in Zanzibar ended the Arab minority regime of Sultan Jamsid bin-Abdullah and brought the Afro-Shirazi party to power. Mr. Jumbe became party leader in 1972 following the assassination of Sheikh Abaid Karume who had ruled the island since the revolution. A ten-year-old union joins Zanzibar to Tanzania.