Sheikh Abeid Karume of Zanzibar was buried on Monday (April 11). The Sheikh, First Vice-President?
Sheikh Abeid Karume of Zanzibar was buried on Monday (April 11). The Sheikh, First Vice-President of Tanzania and ruler of Zanzibar, which had joined into republic with Tanganyika to form Tanzania, was buried in a Moslem ceremony only yards (metres) away from the place where he was shot dead by assassins on Friday (April 7).
President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania was present at the ceremony, and was first to "cast earth" into the grave in a traditionally symbolic gesture. Thousands of people lined the streets from State House, where Sheikh Karume's body was laid out, to the headquarters of the Afro-Shirazi Party -- Zanzibar's only legal political organisation -- where the 67-year-old Sheikh was killed while relaxing with colleagues on Friday evening.
The flag-draped coffin was carried n relays by President Nyerere, soldiers,sailors and civilians. Among the mourners were Chinese personnel in white uniforms. The People's Republic of China has given considerable financial and other aid to Zanzibar since its independence and union with Tanzania.
Radio Zanzibar had reported that three of the four gunmen involved in the Sheikh's assassination were killed by government troops, and a fourth had committed suicide while surrounding by troops.