Sixteen hundred sportsmen and women took part in a mass march in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, on Monday (30 August) to show their support for the African liberation struggle.
Sixteen hundred sportsmen and women took part in a mass march in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, on Monday (30 August) to show their support for the African liberation struggle. They were in the capital to take part in an army sports carnival being held there.
SYNOPSIS: The procession started from the Tanu Youth League headquarters and passed the Askari statue - a monument erected to honour Tanzanian soldiers killed during the first and second world wars. It lasted for two hours and was led by five brass bands from the armed forces. Although the main aim was to demonstrate the mass support of Tanzania's army for the compete freedom, it was also chance for the people of Dar Es Salaam to see the calibre of their army's sportsmen and women.
The final destination was State House, the residence of Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere. He had invited the marchers to his home and he and government officials welcomed them in the grounds. As well as watching the march past, the President also saw the Chui -- Eastern Brigade -- give a demonstration similar to that which made them outright winners in the Ngoma competitions of the Army games. Tembo -- Southern Brigade -- also song their prize-winning song for the President.
Afterwards President Nyerere paid tribute to the army sportsmen for their support of African liberation movements. He also accepted a cheque for 500 Tanzanian shillings (GBP334 sterling) towards the liberation struggle, another towards the building of a unity bridge between Tanzania and Mozanbiqeu, and a track suit.