The prayers were given at Karume’s grave at Kisiwandui CCM headquarters Zanzibar where various religious leaders prayed for the Isles leader who died 48 years ago.
Zanzibar Mufti Sheikh Saleh Omar Kaabi wished Karume to rest in peace saying during his time as Zanzibar President and Chairman of the Revolutionary Council, he stressed the need to improve the lives of all Zanzibaris, especially better housing.
He prayed to God to save Zanzibar and the entire world from the Covid-19 pandemic plaguing the world.
The leader of the Anglican Church in Zanzibar, Bishop Michael Henry Hafidh asked God for His forgiveness and wished the late leader a peaceful place in heaven. He also asked God to pave the way on how to rescue the world from the Covid-19 pandemic.
On his part, the leader of Hindu religion Yoges Pirocit used the occasion to pray for the later leader and wished him to rest in peace.
Prayers for the late Abeid Aman Karume that are held annually on April 7 were attended by top Union government officials Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, retired leaders including former Isles leader Dr Amani Abeid Karume.
Also in attendance was the head of the diplomatic corps in Zanzibar George Augostino, Karume family representative Ambassador Ali Karume, Secretary of the Zanzibar Revolutionary Council Dr Abdulhamid Yahya Mzee, Zanzibar Chief Justice Omar Othman Makungu and the Deputy Secretary General of CCM for Zanzibar, Abdalla Juma Sadalla ‘Mabodi.’
Others were Zanzibar TPDF Commander Brig. Gen. Fadhil Omar Nondo, Zanzibar Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hassan, the chairman of the Zanzibar Revolutionary Government (ZRG) Special Forces, Zanzibar Urban West Regional Commissioner Hassan Khatibu, along with leaders of defense and security organs from both parts of the union.
This year’s prayers for the Isles founder president involved fewer participants, different from the norm, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.