26 May 2013

Africa: AU Honours Nyerere, Kawawa, Chale

THE Father of the Nation, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere is among three Tanzanians honoured with a Pan Africanist Personality Award for their contribution to the struggle for African independence and the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on May 25, 1963.

According to a statement issued by the Directorate of Presidential Communications, the other Tanzanians that will be recognised include the late Mzee Rashid Kawawa and the late Sebastian Chale who was the first Secretary of the first Secretariat of the OAU liberation committee.

President Jakaya Kikwete on Friday arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for a four day official visit where he will attend the ceremony to mark 50 years since the birth of the OAU and later the African Union (AU) and the 22rd Summit of Heads of State and AU secretariat.

President Kikwete who has been accompanied by his wife, Mama Salma, leads a strong delegation including retired Presidents Ali Hassan Mwinyi and Mr Benjamin Mkapa at the ceremony to mark 50 years.

Mama Maria Nyerere has also been invited to attend the ceremony as part of a group of special international and Africa regional guests.

Also in the delegation is Mr Salim Ahmed Salim, the former Secretary General of the African Union for over 12 years, a period that is longer than that of any other Secretary General, the former Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Dr Asha- Rose Migiro and former Executive Secretary of the OAU Liberation Committee, General Hashim Mbita.

It was during the leadership of Mr Salim Ahmed Salim when the OAU was amended and underwent major changes from the OAU to that of the African Union (AU).

The former Presidents are among retired African presidents invited to participate in the ceremony while Mr Salim was invited among all past Secretary Generals of the former OAU and AU.

The AU has also invited other personalities that have influenced the continent through politics, sports, music and leadership in their communities including Tanzania namely Ms Gertude Mongella, the first Pan African Parliament Speaker, Dr Rosebud Kurwijila, the Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture and Economic affairs of the AU Commission and Mr Jenerali Ulimwengu who for many years represented Tanzania in the Union for African youths in Algiers, Algeria.

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