Speaking at the independence day celebration on Friday at Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam, President Jakaya Kikwete, said much has been achieved in the last 50 years in various spheres of development, but there is a long way to go.
One of the celebration involved the climbing of Kilimanjaro Uhuru. This kicked off several days ago when 200 climbers, dispersed across four different routes on Kilimanjaro, began to ascend carrying the Uhuru Torch. The climbers converge at the summit on Friday where they reenacted a symbolic torch lighting from 50 years ago.
Tanganyika gained its independence from Britain to become The United Republic of Tanzania. Julius Nyerere, known as Baba wa Taifa was able to unite much of the country by advocating for peaceful change, social equality and racial harmony. He contributed so much to making Tanganyika become a republic on December 9, 1961. In 1964, Zanzibar followed and the two nations unified to form the United Republic of Tanzania with Nyerere as its first president.