Late Karume was shot dead on April 07, 1972 while in his Kisiwandui office, Unguja Town.
Among the leaders who attended the event to mark 47th anniversary, are Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan; retired president Ali Hassan Mwinyi; Zanzibar’s Second Vice-President, Balozi Seif Ali Idd and Zanzibar’s retired president, Dr Aman Abeid Karume.
Other leaders who attended the Karume Day are Zanzibar’s Chief Mufti, Shekh Saleh Omar Kabhi, deputy chief kadh of Zanzibar, Sheikh Hassan Othman Gwali and other top government officials, religious leaders and MPs from both mainland and Zanzibar.
The special prayer event which is also part of the commemoration of Heroes Day was preceded by Holly Qura-which was conducted by Sheikh Jafar Abdallah. After the prayer, Sheikh Fadhil Suleiman Soraga called on Zanzibaris and Tanzanians in general to continue maintaining peace and unity built by the late Abeid Aman Karume.
During the commemoration, family members, leaders and leaders also got opportunity to place flowers on the grave of the late Karume.
Official records show that it was Karume who led the Zanzibar Revolution that ousted Sultan Jamshid bin Abdullah and established the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar in January 1964. Three months later Mzee Karume agreed with Tanzania’s first President Julius Nyerere to unite Tanganyika and Zanzibar to form the United Republic of Tanzania.
Praised by many Karume steered Zanzibar through the first eight years of prosperity for Zanzibaris, which were, however, marked by gross accusations of human rights abuse. His first son, Amani Abeid Karume, succeeded him as President serving for two terms from 2000 to 2010.