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Museveni pays tribute to ex-Tanzanian President Ali Hassan Mwinyi

In a heartfelt statement released on Sunday, March 3, 2024, President Yoweri Museveni commemorated the life and contributions of former Tanzanian President Ali Hassan Mwinyi, who passed away on February 29, 2024.

President Yoweri Museveni

Museveni, alongside the Central Executive Committee (CEC), observed a minute of silence in memory of Mwinyi, reflecting on his significant role in the politics of Tanzania and his impactful relationship with Uganda.

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"This week, our comrade in the struggle, Mzee Hassan Mwinyi, former President of Tanzania, died," Museveni stated, marking the beginning of his homage to a figure he described as a key ally and supporter in Uganda's fight for freedom.

Mwinyi's tenure in Tanzanian politics spanned the transformative years of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, a period that also saw Museveni evolve from a student to a freedom fighter and ultimately, a leader of the National Resistance Army (NRA).

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Museveni recounted how, under Mwinyi's presidency, Tanzania fulfilled a crucial promise made by the preceding President, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, to support the NRA.

"I am glad Mzee Mwinyi implemented Mwalimu’s pledge," Museveni said, referring to the delivery of significant military aid that was instrumental in the NRA's efforts.

Moreover, Museveni praised Mwinyi's contributions to the revival of the East African Community and his cooperative stance on bilateral issues, which included infrastructure development and neutral involvement in the Rwanda conflict.

Mwinyi's efforts in these areas were seen as foundational to the peace and development of the region.

"Mzee Mwinyi worked with us very well in the matter of reviving the East African Community... On other bilateral issues, we worked very well with Mzee Mwinyi on all issues," Museveni reflected.

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As Museveni bids farewell to a revered leader, his message underscores the enduring impact of Mwinyi's leadership within Tanzania and his invaluable support to Uganda.

"May his soul rest in eternal peace. We express our condolences to the family and our Tanzanian comrades," Museveni concluded, marking the end of an era but also celebrating the legacy of a man who played a pivotal role in shaping the future of East Africa.

Mwinyi's contributions to regional stability, unity, and development are a testament to his vision and dedication, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts and history of both Tanzania and Uganda. Through Museveni's tribute, the memory of Ali Hassan Mwinyi is honored as that of a true comrade in the struggle for freedom and progress.

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