GNU spearheads development in Zanzibar, Dr Mwinyi says

22Jan 2021
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
GNU spearheads development in Zanzibar, Dr Mwinyi says

ZANZIBAR President Dr Hussein Ali Mwinyi yesterday said that the presence of the Government of National Unity (GNU) promotes peace, unity and spearheads development of the people of the islands.

ZANZIBAR President Dr Hussein Ali Mwinyi.

Dr Mwinyi made the remarks here when he met with the delegation of the Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation (MNF), which was led by the foundation Executive Director, Joseph Butiku at the Zanzibar’s State House.

Mwinyi said that there has been a great deal of understanding and cooperation between the leaders and the majority of Zanzibaris, a situation that has led to the strengthening of unity, peace and solidarity since the end of the 2020 general election.

He lauded MNF for the outstanding job within and outside the country, noting that the foundation has been working closely with the two governments—Zanzibar and United Republic of Tanzania, religious institutions, political parties, the relations he described as key in reinforcing country’s peace and tranquility.

Dr Mwinyi also asked non-governmental organisations to ensure they work in line with the government vision and they should refrain from political fanatics.

Mwinyi stressed that his government will continue to extend its cooperation to MNF in ensuring the intended goals are achieved. He also received the request for the foundation to have an office in Zanzibar and Mwinyi vowed to work on the request for the betterment of MNF and the islanders.

Butiku commended Mwinyi for enabling the re-establishment of GNU in accordance with the 1984 Zanzibar Constitution with the aim of achieving high democracy and development.

He however said that Zanzibar has now been seen peaceful, united, stable and cohesive due to the reconciliation that has taken place.

MNF was established in 1996 by Mwalimu Nyerere to promote his legacy of peace, unity, and people-centered development. The foundation seeks to monitor public and private institutions and seek strategies to uphold his ideals of integrity, equality, and the rule of law in East Africa and beyond.

The foundation aims to build Africa's first presidential library and educational resource center while developing itself into the leading policy research institute in East Africa. The foundation will serve as a crossroads between government, academia, and civil society, seeking effective solutions to ongoing problems and pursuing their implementation. As such the foundation is something more than a think tank, but also a center for peace negotiation, citizen outreach, and political pressure.

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