‘Tanzanians must cherish Mwalimu Nyerere ideas’

21May 2022
Henry Mwangonde
The Guardian
‘Tanzanians must cherish Mwalimu Nyerere ideas’

CHINESE ambassador to Tanzania Chen Mingjian has advised Tanzanians to inherit the precious spiritual wealth of Mwalimu Julius Nyerere in defending international fairness and justice.

CHINESE ambassador to Tanzania Chen Mingjian.

Chen was speaking at a one-day symposium to commemorate the centenary anniversary of Mwalimu Nyerere’s birth which was jointly organised by the Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation and the Chinese embassy in Tanzania earlier this week.

The envoy said the founding is the mastermind of the everlasting friendship between China and Tanzania which further deepen exchanges of experience in governance, stimulate the potential of practical cooperation, and consolidate the foundation of friendship.

“Nyerere was dedicated to promoting China-Tanzanian friendship all through his life, leaving much told tales,” she said.

Ambassador Mingjian said Nyerere set the tone of the comprehensive and consistent friendship between China and Tanzania, and forged the tradition of sharing weal and woe between the two countries.

The symposium was attended by retired Tanzanian leaders, leaders of political parties, ambassadors and high commissioners of foreign countries to Tanzania, think tanks, charity organizations and media houses.

 “President Nyerere embodies the inclusiveness and global vision of China and Tanzania,” said Chen, adding that his legacy still guides the development of China-Tanzania relations.

She said successive administrations of China and Tanzania have placed the development of friendship between the two countries in a prominent position.

Deng Li, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, delivered a video message, saying Nyerere was dearly loved by the people of Tanzania, enjoyed high prestige in Africa, and was well known to and respected by the Chinese people.

He called for the need to carry forward the spirit of China-Africa friendship and cooperation proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the 8th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

Speaking on behalf of Tanzania’s Zanzibar President Hussein Ali Mwinyi, Zanzibar’s Minister of State in the Second Vice-President’s Office, Hamza Hassan Juma, said Nyerere and Zanzibar’s founding leader Abeid Amani Karume were the brains behind the union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar forged in 1964 to form the United Republic of Tanzania.

Juma added that Nyerere taught Tanzanians to be self-reliance and discouraged dependence on foreign aid.

Director of the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Dar es Salaam Prof Humphrey Moshi in two decades, China has become Africa’s most important economic partner in areas such as trade, investment, infrastructure, financing and aid.

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