Friday, April 26, 2013

Union Day

Today is Union Day in Tanzania - a public holiday.

It is a commemoration of the unification of Zanzibar and Tanganyika into the United Republic of Tanzania, in 1964.

The union was one of the late President Julius Nyerere's most memorable achievements.

THE unification of Tanganyika and Zanzibar in April 1964 was the first political union between independent countries ever to take place on the African continent in the post-colonial era...
It was preceded by the Zanzibar revolution which took place on 12 January 1964. Three months later, the new nation of Tanzania was formed after the two former independent states of Tanganyika and Zanzibar surrendered their sovereignties to a supra-national entity which came to be officially known as the United Republic of Tanzania...
Godfrey Mwakikagile, The Union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar: Product of The Cold War?

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