Berlin wall: Tanzania applauds German for maintaining peace

15Nov 2019
Polycarp Machira
The Guardian
Berlin wall: Tanzania applauds German for maintaining peace

TANZANIA has applauded the government of German for maintaining peace, three decades after the fall of Berlin wall that had divided the country into two parts.

Dr Damas Ndumbaro

Speaking at the event to mark the 30th anniversary since the fall of the wall in November 1991, the deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr Damas Ndumbaro said the fall of the Berlin wall has witnessed the divided German rising gain with its citizen regaining freedom and unity.

“Tanzania has a lot to learn from German like the rise of democracy and maintaining peace among citizens,” he said

Germans and Tanzanians gathered here on Wednesday evening to mark the fall of the iron curtain that had created division between the East and West Germany, and thus unearthing a new era in the European country and across the world.

He said German had been supporting the country’s defence, natural resource, renewable energy, health, water among others.

“Recently the German government through KFW provided financial support totalling 127.7 million Euros to support water sector in Tanzania.”he noted, adding that  in Military cooperation, the country supported the construction of Monduli military hospital, he said, vowing that “no walls whether visible or invisible will divide us.”

The deputy minister emphasized that unity can make a nation stronger. He repatriated the country’s commitment to work closely and strengthen bilateral relations with the Germans.

German’s Deputy Ambassador in Tanzania Joerg Herrera announced that  embassy office the country has officially opened a liaison office in Dodoma to facilitate cooperation and communication with ministries, the government institution as well as the parliament.

He explained that the historic event that saw the Berlin wall come down remains a symbol of joy to many Germans. “It is an emotional date to me, the wall changed my personality,” he said.

German International Cooperation (GIZ) Country Director for Tanzania and East African Community, Dr Mike Falke, who shared his first-hand experience as a former soldier of the East German Army or German Democratic Republic (GDR).

He said being raised in GDR and too familiar with socialist systems, the fall of the wall he was subject into a new country.

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