On this day, 14th October 1999, Tanzania lost one of its greatest Pan-Africanist. Nyerere was dedicated to many of the African liberation struggles, assisting both the ANC (African National Congress) and PAC (Pan-African Congress) in their struggles against apartheid, while supporting Mozambican and Zimbabwean freedom fighters in their struggle against Portuguese and British colonial domination and oppression.
Despite Tanzania having experienced economic drawbacks, Nyerere was able to achieve much good in terms of social development and improving the welfare of the people of Tanzania. Child mortality dropped, life expectancy for women increased by 10 years from 1960-1980, domestic violence dissolved, the status of women in society rose, and by 1985 Tanzania had the largest school enrollment in sub-sahara Africa for children at 96%, half of which were girls. Even his harshest critics concede that he was sincere in his efforts to aid his people. This is why we remember Julius Kambarage Nyerere.
(Image: Fidel Castro and Julius Nyerere) By :Pan-African Renaissance