Colours of all parties visible as Zanzibar marks Revolution Day

13Jan 2022
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Colours of all parties visible as Zanzibar marks Revolution Day

THOUSANDS of jubilant Zanzibaris and Mainlanders yesterday packed Amaan Stadium to view colourful ceremonies to mark 58 years of the Zanzibar Revolution.


However, the event didn’t take long as no major speeches were slated for the occasion, with President Dr Hussein Ali Mwinyi having delivered an in-depth appraisal of the state of the revolution in a night time televised address the day before.

High temperatures currently being experienced in the Isles and elsewhere in the country added to the brevity, officials said.

President Mwinyi arrived at the Stadium at 8:30am to deafening applause from well-wishers who waived green, yellow, pink and white-coloured hand-flags showing the spectrum of participants from the ruling CCM ranks and followers of ACT-Wazalendo, tied in the government of the national unity (GNU) structure.       

The president arrived in an open military vehicle, inspecting a guard of honour by various components of the armed forces, reviewing the military show and procession led by the youth brass band.

Cadres of the two political parties mingled with public servants from various government institutions for a colourful procession in identifiable groups as Zanzibaris turned up in thousands to celebrate the event, with the ceremonies being over in about three hours.

Union President Samia Suluhu Hassan, First Vice-President Othman Masoud Othman, Second Vice-President Hemed Suleiman Abdallah, fourth-phase Union President Jakaya Kikwete, former Zanzibar presidents Amani Abeid Karume and Dr Ali Mohamed Shein garlanded the podium, watched by thousands of spectators all over the country as many public officers and private sector employees remained at home for the public holiday.

Closing the ceremonies, the second vice president highlighted that the event was a vivid example that the Indian Ocean archipelago was on the move.

“The 58 years of existence of the state in Zanzibar has not been easy. There are people who have sacrificed their lives to make the Zanzibar which is being seen today. We need to continue honouring these people as our heroes,” he declared.

The Zanzibar Revolution occurred on January 12th 1964, overthrowing the Sultan of Zanzibar and a minority government packed with his allies, by local African revolutionaries.

Official Zanzibar history says the revolution was planned and headed by the ASP leader Abeid Amani Karume, who subsequently became president of the new People's Republic of Zanzibar before the Union, three and a half months later.