By Oleen Ndori
AS the SADC region gears up for the Anti-Sanctions Day set for October 25, we look back at a man who contributed significantly to African unity and the need to find lasting solutions to challenges facing the continent, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere.
A towering figure in African politics, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere is synonymous with the fight for Africa’s independence and in particular championing the struggle to end colonialism in the SADC region.
Exactly 22 years after his death, the former Tanzanian President is remembered for his leadership, devotion to liberation and socio-economic development as well as his vision of peace, freedom, solidarity and development.
Julius Nyerere will always be remembered for his unrelenting support for total independence and freedom of African countries which earned him respect and admiration on the continent and beyond.
Tanzania has since colonial the era supported Zimbabwe’s quest for independence and to this day stands in solidarity with its fellow African country in calling for an end to repressive economic sanctions that continue to hinder the country’s growth.
In 2019, SADC adopted Kiswahili as an oral communication language for the regional Summit in recognition of Mwalimu Nyerere and Kiswahili’s role in the liberation struggle.
In addition, SADC, in August 2020, adopted a mechanism to honour its founding fathers including the late Nyerere.
At a continental level, a statue in honour of Mwalimu Nyerere is being constructed at the African Union building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.