Statue honouring Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere

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20 FEBRUARY 2024

Statue honouring Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) celebrate, with immense pride, the unveiling
of a statue honouring Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere, the former President of
Tanzania, founding father of the Organisation of African Unity (now the African Union)
and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), at the African Union
headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


This momentous occasion serves as a powerful reminder of his unmatched
commitment to Pan-Africanism, liberation, and self-determination, values which
remain crucial in our ongoing struggle for a united and prosperous Africa.


Nyerere led the struggle for independence against the British in Tanganyika and
subsequently served as the President of Tanzania from 1964, when Tanganyika and
Zanzibar merged to form the United Republic of Tanzania, until 1985. During his
tenure, Nyerere implemented various policies aimed at social and economic
transformation, including the Arusha Declaration of 1967, which laid the foundation for Tanzania’s socialist development path.
His presidency was marked by a commitment to grassroots democracy under his
policy of Ujamaa, which was centred around the empowerment of ordinary citizens,
the promotion collective farming and communal living, as well as the establishment of Kiswahili as a unifying language. While these policies faced challenges and criticisms,
they reflected Nyerere’s vision of African socialism and his belief in the potential of
rural communities to drive development.

Nyerere’s leadership style was characterised by humility, integrity, and a deep sense
of responsibility towards his people. He eschewed the trappings of power and lived
modestly, earning him the respect and admiration of Tanzanians and leaders across
the continent. Even after stepping down from the presidency, Nyerere remained active
in African affairs, advocating for peace, democracy, and development until his passing
in 1999.


Nyerere’s support for anti-apartheid movements in South Africa and beyond was a
cornerstone of his foreign policy during his presidency. Nyerere provided crucial
support to the African National Congress (ANC) and other anti-apartheid movements,
offering sanctuary to South African activists and providing material assistance to their
cause. Tanzania became a hub for training and organising anti-apartheid fighters,
exemplifying Nyerere’s commitment to Pan-African solidarity and the liberation of all
oppressed peoples.


The EFF echoes the resounding message conveyed by the AU Chairperson and other
dignitaries at the unveiling ceremony: Nyerere’s legacy lives on far beyond Tanzania’s borders and continues to inspire movements for freedom and equality across the globe.


Therefore, let this statue serve as a constant reminder of the unfinished struggle for a
truly liberated and united Africa. As the EFF, we remain committed to carrying the
torch of African socialism lit by Nyerere, striving for an Africa free from exploitation and injustice, and achieving economic freedom in our lifetime.

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