Shein urges tolerance, peace in Eid message

06Jun 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Shein urges tolerance, peace in Eid message

Zanzibar President Dr Ali Mohammed Shein has called on residents of the islands to abide by the laws and tolerate people of other faiths and cultures so as to spur speedy development.

Zanzibar President Dr Ali Mohammed Shein and Second Vice President Seif Ali Iddi exchange greetings shortly after Eid el Fitr prayers in Zanzibar yesterday. Photo: Zanzibar State House

In his speech at the Eid Baraza held at the Idriss Abdulwakil Hall in Kikwajuni in Zanzibar city yesterday, Dr Shein said Zanzibaris have a major role to play in the Isles’ development, including demonstrating to foreigners living there and visitors that they are a law-abiding and peaceful people.

And since humans have a tendency to adapt to a new environment, even foreigners visiting or living in the Isles are likely to take the same manners, being peaceful, law-abiding and tolerant, Dr Shein asserted.

He said citizens of countries that follow principles of good governance like Tanzania must have the courage to accept others of different religions and cultures.

Dr Shein said Zanzibaris in particular and Tanzanians in general are reputed all over the world for being peaceful and tolerant—the key assets that must be held dearly and protected. 

“Tolerance is the reason we have not experienced civil tensions in our country. We must uphold it and be thankful for this virtue,” Dr Shein said, promising to protect peace and security by all available means.

Zanzibar can only realize her various development aspirations such as the Zanzibar Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty (Mkuza III), the Zanzibar Vision 2020 and other local and global targets if there is peace and tolerance, the president noted.

The isles’ economy was on the right trajectory with growth of 7.1 per cent in 2017/2018 from 7.0 per cent in the preceding year while inflation fell from 5.6 per cent in 2017 to 3.9 per cent in 2018, he told the gathering.

The event was also attended by Zanzibar Second Vice President Seif Ali Idd and consular officials stationed in the Isles, among other dignitaries.

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