President Museveni attends Tanzania’s 50th Union Anniversary

Saturday 26th April 2014

President Yoweri Museveni today joined the people of Tanzania to mark that country’s golden jubilee celebrations when the union between the then Tanganyika and Zanzibar, two sovereign countries, merged leading to the formation of the United Republic of Tanzania led by Mwalimu Julius Nyerere.

The celebrations took place at the Uhuru Stadium in Tanzania’s Port City of Dar-es-Salaam.

President Museveni was one of the African Presidents who graced the celebrations. Other leaders included Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi, Joyce Banda of Malawi, King Mswati of Swaziland, Lesotho Monarch, former Tanzania President Benjamin Mkapa, former President of Zambia, Rupiah Banda, former President of Kenya Mwai Kibaki, former President of Namibia, Sam Nujoma, and Vice-Presidents of Zambia and Nigeria, among others.

Welcoming his guests, President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete of Tanzania, saluted all Heads of State and Government for joining the people of Tanzania as they marked their country’s 50 years as a united Republic and said it was a big achievement for all Tanzanians.

President Kikwete noted that with the successful union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar that Union helps to serve as an example adding that he was quite optimistic that the East African Federation and the United States of Africa were also possible.

Tanzania has had four Presidents since the Union in 1964 who include the father of the nation, Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere, Ali Hassan Mwinyi, Benjamin William Mkapa and the incumbent, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.

President Museveni was received on arrival at Entebbe International Airport this evening by the Deputy Head of Public Service, Ms. Hilda Musubira, the Commander of Air Force Maj. General Sam Turyagyenda, Deputy Inspector General of Police Mr. Andrew Sorowen and the Commissioner General of Uganda Prisons, Dr. Johnson Byabashaija.

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