THE pomp and pageantry that marked the 50th anniversary of the Union has come and gone. It was good as it lasted.
With the grand climax happening at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday, where six heads of state, two foreign vice-presidents and prime ministers and three retired presidents joined thousands of Tanzanians in watching the grand fete, the future of the Union looked very much assured. The devotion and commitment was there for all to see.
Special congratulations should go to the Union and Zanzibar governments and the national festivals committee for the extra effort they put to ensure the celebrations are a resounding success, which indeed they were.
The organisers and all those who actually took part in the activities that took place at the stadium, including members of the armed forces, schoolchildren, traditional dance performers and musicians did all Tanzanians proud by ensuring that the stadium's programme was observed with clockwork precision.
The day had a lot of pluses, including the unveiling to the public of modern military warfare equipment, which underlined the Third Phase Government's resolve to re-equip the country's defence forces to make our army one of the most motorised and modern in the continent.
It was a display of military might that showed Tanzanians that their country is well-protected and well-prepared to face off to any military aggression from outside.
The brief but elaborate show of strength from the officers and men in the infantry, air and navy forces and the additional crack commando regiment gave Tanzanians a lot of assurance on their safety.
The stadium pageantry also sent a message across the continent and beyond of how, given the goodwill and determination, two or more countries can decide to unite and work together to build their countries.
After the dust has settled, it is now time to sit down and work out ways of consolidating the Union, which has in recent time, passed through some turbulence, with sections of the Opposition orchestrating the Utopian three-tier Union government.
If the two-tier Union has served the purpose - and served Tanzanians well for 50 years, it would be at absurdity's height to contemplate any change now.
Fifty years of prosperity they had been, 50 more years of more prosperity it should be and the future generations will still be counting!