Kikwete gave the remarks when campaigning for CCM’s Parliamentary, House of Representatives and Councillorship candidates in nine Zanzibar West constituencies at Binti Hamrani grounds in Mpendae Constituency at the weekend.
He said some neighbouring countries are beleaguered by tribalism and religion that have divided them up causing breach of the peace.
Citing example of the neighbouring country of Burundi, he said the two large tribes – the Hutu and Tutsi have been at each other’s throats resulting in death to many people.
“Some of our neighbours envy us due to our peace, in addition the country has good policies implemented under the CCM election Manifesto that detest tribalism,” he said.
He said the earlier leaders, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere and Abeid Amani Karume put in place strong foundations for peace and stability and the leaders who came thereafter, including himself abided by the foundation.
He called on Tanzanians from both parts of the Union to vote for CCM because it has an election manifesto that has policies to solve challenges facing them.
He called on Tanzanians to vote for Dr Hussein Mwinyi as Zanzibar President and John Magufuli as Union President including all other CCM candidates.
He said he knows Dr Mwinyi well to be Zanzibar President because he is a hard working leaders.
Kikwete also called on Mpendae constituents to vote for the CCM Parliamentary candidate Tawfiq Salum Turky to continue with what his late father did for their own development.
Mpendae Parliamentary candidate Tawfiq Salum Turky said if elected he would ensure to bring development to the people by improving education, health, infrastructures and roads and facilitate the youth to unfree themselves from the unemployment challenges they face.
He said it was shameful for the Mpendae School in the constituency to the last in Form VI National examinations and pledged that he would make sure it does better in future.