50 YEARS FOR TANGANYIKA, NOT YET FOR THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA
Today, Friday the 09th December, is a big day in what is today the United Republic of Tanzania, as the country marks 50 years of Independence from colonial masters Britain for what was then to become Tanganyika. Pomp and glamour will mark the important day as the nation celebrates and looks back at 5 decades of ruling its own affairs.
Tourism operators are cashing in on the celebrations and today a few will be lucky to celebrate the day break on top of Africas highest mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro, raising the flag as a symbol of Uhuru as was done 50 years ago at the same spot.
And there will be another 50th anniversary in the making not too long in the future, when the merging of Tanganyika, today called the mainland and of Zanzibar will be marked on the 26th of April in 2014, after the two independent countries joined hands under the leadership of founding father Mwalimu Julius Nyerere.
But for today, it is heartfelt congratulations to the people of Tanzania, who will hopefully enjoy a weekend of peaceful celebrations.