To that end, he has promised to work closely with the President of the United Republic Dr John Magufuli in enhancing democracy in accordance with the country’s constitution.
In his address yesterday at the Amaan Stadium to commemorate the 56th anniversary of the Zanzibar Revolution and ousting of the Sultan of Zanzibar and his Arab-dominated government on January 12, 1964 Dr Shein insisted that protecting the Union was vital in ensuring the country’s peace.
The celebrations were attended by a number of top government officials including Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, former presidents Ali Hassan Mwinyi, Benjamin Mkapa, Jakaya Kikwete and Amani Abeid Karume. Retired prime ministers in attendance were Edward Lowassa, Frederick Sumaye and Mizengo Pinda.
“We will work to protect and nurture our unique union for Tanzania to continue being a peace hub with prevailing tranquility. The government will take measures against anyone attempting to instigate chaos,” he said.
The president highlighted the many successes recorded by his government in health, education, economic and infrastructure sectors. He said following increased revenue collections as well as enhanced economic growth, the government is considering reviewing salaries for public servants in the Isles.
The Zanzibar government increased monthly pension to retirees from 25,000/- in 2017 to 90,000/- last year, he pointed out.
Zanzibar recorded an economic growth rate of 7.1 percent in 2018 compared to 4.3 percent in 2010, while the gross domestic product (GDP) reached 2,874bn/- in 2018 from 1,768bn/- back in 2010, he further noted.
Per capita income increased from 942,000/- (US $ 675) in 2010 to 2,323,000/- (US $ 1,260) in 2018, he said, noting that inflation decreased from 14.7 percent in 2011 to 3.9 percent in 2018.
A total of 304 development projects worth US $ 3.42 million were implemented between 2010 and 2018, creating 16,866 jobs.
In the education sector, Zanzibar had 299 primary schools with 226,812 pupils in 2010 but the number has increased to 381 schools in 2019 with 290,510 pupils. The number of secondary schools increased to 284 last year with 130,713 students while in 2010 there were only 105 secondary schools with 80,208 students.
The health sector budget has been increased to 104.24bn/- in the 2019/2020 financial year compared to 10.81bn/- allocated in the 2010/2011 fiscal year, he pointed out.
“The government has also educated more doctors as currently one doctor treats 6,276 patients annually compared to one doctor for 31,838 in 2010,” he stated.
Dr Shein urged Tanzanians on both sides of the Union to register for the coming general elections, insisting the voting exercise was important for citizens to practice their constitutional rights of electing leaders.
He said the National Electoral Commission (NEC) and the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) have started improving the permanent voter register and will later announce the date for general elections.
“It is the right of citizens to choose their preferred leaders. You should all register for elections as we wait for electoral bodies to announce the date,” he emphasized.