Tanzania mounted a mass military parade in Dar es-Salaam on Thursday -- the tenth anniversary of independence -- before four visiting African Presidents -- Dr.
Tanzania mounted a mass military parade in Dar es-Salaam on Thursday -- the tenth anniversary of independence -- before four visiting African Presidents -- Dr. Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, General Mohamed Siad Barre of Somalia, Sir Seretse Khama of Botswana and M. Michel Micombero of Burundi.
The leaders, and delegations from over 40 countries, watched as President Julius Nyerere reviewed units of the People's Defence Forces, Militia and Youth League.
The Parade was one of the highlights of the 12-day independence festivities launched on December 1.
SYNOPSIS: Four visiting African heads of state were in Dar es-Salaam on Thursday for a parade marking the tenth anniversary of the independence of mainland Tanzania. Presidents Kaunda of Zambia and Micombero of Burundi were greeted by second Vice-President Rashidi Kawawa.
President Nyerere welcomed the distinguished visitors, who also included General Barre of Somalia, and Botswana leader Sir Seretse Khama, seen here on President Nyerere's left. Delegations from 40 countries attended the celebrations.
Then President Nyerere reviewed the mass military parade, which included units of the People's Defence Forces, the Militia and the League of Youth. For the 49-year-old leader, the past decade is one in which he says Tanzania has advanced further than under 40 years of British colonial rule. And in an eve-of-independence day broadcast to the nation, the President pledged Tanzania's continued support for African liberation movements. In an apparent reference to the Salisbury agreement between Britain and Rhodesia, the President said Tanzania would not weaken in its policy of freedom and unity for all Africa, despite what he called "the betrayal of human principles by great nations".