President John Magufuli has sent a message of condolences to Zanzibar President Ali Mohamed Shein following the death of veteran Isles politician and one of the heroes of the Revolution, Mzee Ibrahim Amani.
Mzee Amani, who passed away in Unguja Urban on Friday, was among the 14 members of the first Zanzibar Revolutionary Council, which planned and carried out the 1964 revolution. His death brings to 13 the number of revolutionary heroes who have passed away among the Committee of 14.
In a statement issued in Dar es Salaam yesterday, President Magufuli said that the nation has lost an important and much-sought patriot, who stood firm to fight for the nation against colonialism in the country.
“I have been deeply saddened by the death of Mzee Ibrahim Amani; his life and passion in fighting for the sovereignty of his nation are some of the things that we should always emulate,” the statement quoted the president saying. He asked President Shein to extend his condolences to the family of the deceased, friends, relatives and all Zanzibaris.
The Zanzibar Revolution of 1964, which led to the overthrow of the Sultan of Zanzibar and his mainly Arab-dominated government, was planned and carried out by the patriotic people’s forces.
Zanzibar was an ethnically diverse state consisting of a number of Islands off the East Coast of the Tanganyika, which had been granted sham independence by Britain in 1963.
In a series of parliamentary elections preceding independence, the Arab minority succeeded in retaining the hold on power it had inherited from Zanzibar’s former existence as an overseas territory of Oman.