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Tanzania Mourns Former President, Ali Hassan Mwinyi

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In a bittersweet moment, Tanzanians are mourning the passing of a remarkable statesman and former president Ali Hassan Mwinyi, who breathed his last yesterday 29 February 2024, leaving behind a legacy that will forever shape Tanzania’s history.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who announced his death, hailed him as a true patriot and a beacon of hope, “Fellow citizens, it is with deep sorrow that I announce the death of our former president, H.E Ali Hassan Mwinyi, who died today, 29th February 2024 at 5:30 pm while receiving treatment at Mzena Hospital, Dar es Salaam. On behalf of Tanzania Government, I send my condolences to family, friends and all Tanzanians for the huge loss a true patriot and beacon of hope.”

President Suluhu also announced a 7day mourning period during which flags will fly at half-mast.

As news of Mwinyi’s passing spread, condolences poured in from across the region. Retired President Uhuru Kenyatta expressed his sympathies, recognizing the impact Mwinyi had on Tanzania and its people.

Born on May 8, 1925, in the coastal village of Kivure, Mwinyi’s journey was one of dedication and unwavering commitment to his country. His early education in Zanzibar laid the foundation for a brilliant mind that would later lead Tanzania through a time of political turbulence.

Mwinyi’s political career flourished as he held key positions, including Minister for Home Affairs and Vice President before clinching the presidency in 1985.

Succeeding the revered Julius Nyerere, Mwinyi faced formidable challenges. Tanzania’s economy was in a slump, and the population was growing faster than GDP. Undeterred, he embarked on a transformative journey.

During his tenure, Mwinyi took bold steps to reverse the socialist policies of his predecessor. He relaxed import restrictions, encouraged private enterprise, and championed economic liberalization. Under his leadership, Tanzania embraced change, opening doors to multi-party politics and reform.

“Mzee Rukhsa”, as referred to by many, had a liberal approach that extended beyond economics touching morals, beliefs, and values. Yet, he remained steadfast within the bounds of the law. His vision was clear: a Tanzania that thrived on openness, innovation, and progress.

Mwinyi will be laid to rest in his home-village Kivure – Zanzibar, tomorrow 2nd March 2024.

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Simon Peter Nashonji
Simon Peter Nashonji
Nashonji Simon Peter is a dynamic and multi-faceted team leader, renowned for his exceptional interpersonal skills. Having graduated with a Diploma in Journalism, Nashonji is on the cusp of completing his Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Public Relations at Nkumba University. He picked his niche and started writing with Chimp Reports in 2018. Since then, he has authored and published over 500 articles that cover Business trends, Politics, Health, Sports, and Environment. To master his craft, Nashonji offered to volunteer as an Editor of Nkumba University's News Website in 2022, a position he has held to date. On 1st July 2023, He joined the Editorial team of Ubuntu’ Magazine, a Rotary District 9214 (Uganda and Tazania) Monthly News product. Beyond the realm of academia, Nashonji is deeply involved in the governance of Airforce Senior Secondary School his Alma Mata, where he serves as a member on the Board of Directors. He is currently, the President Airforce S.S.S Alumni Society, President Samia Student's Association of Nkumba University and at the same time President of the Media Challenge Fellowship, 2023 cohort. "Opportunities multiply as they are seized and only dwindle when neglected."
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