14 October, 2019 marked 20 years since the passing of the first Tanzanian President, Julius Kambarage Nyerere. Nyerere, commonly known as Mwalimu, which means teacher, was a great nationalist of the first generation of African leaders who struggled for independence. He was also one of the world’s most charismatic and venerable leaders.
To commemorate his legacy, we collaborated with the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) to organise a two-day conference from 10 – 11 October, under the theme “Tanzania: 20 Years after Mwalimu”.
Similar to previous years, the commemorative conference was organised under the auspices of the Mwalimu Nyerere Chair of pan-African Studies at the UDSM.
The event was officiated by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, Hon. Palamagamba John Aidan Kabudi, on behalf of the President. In attendance were intellectuals, former and current senior government officials, diplomats, as well as representatives from the private sector, civil society and youth.
During the proceedings, participants explored and assessed the extent to which some of Mwalimu’s core beliefs and values are still relevant and whether they have continued to inform and influence public policy and discourse. Furthermore, they assessed the degree to which his core objectives of eradicating poverty, disease and ignorance whilst building a united, prosperous and peaceful country are being pursued.
The conference received support from CRDB, National Development Corporation, Tanzania Trade Development Authority, Kilimanjaro Airport Development Company Limited, and National Institute for Medical Research.