Mbumba pays tribute to former Tanzanian president Ali Hassan Mwinyi

Nangolo Mbumba

President Nangolo Mbumba has acknowledged the impact former Tanzanian president Ali Hassan Mwinyi, who died this week, had on Namibia’s struggle for freedom.

Mbumba delegated vice president Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah to represent Namibia at Mwinyi’s funeral service in Tanzania on Saturday.

In his message of condolences, Mbumba emphasised the friendship forged between Tanzania and Namibia during the apartheid era.

“Namibians will never forget the role Tanzania and president Mwinyi played in advancing Namibia’s cause for freedom,” Mbumba stated. “Today, our bilateral relations are sound because of strong historical bonds of friendship,” he added.

Mbumba said Mwinyi’s legacy as an advocate for African liberation movements resonates deeply within Namibia.

Mbumba reassured the Tanzanian people of Namibia’s solidarity during the country’s period of mourning.

Mwinyi died on Thursday (29 February) at the age of 98.

He was laid to rest at his home village, Mangapwani, on Unguja, the main island of Zanzibar, on Saturday.

Mwinyi succeeded Tanzania’s first post-independence president, Julius Nyerere, in 1985, and served as president until 1995.

His son Hussein Ali Mwinyi is the current president of Zanzibar

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