Speaker of the National Assembly and Chairman of SARDC, Professor Peter Katjavivi planting a tree at the mausoleum together with Madaraka Nyerere, in honour of Julius Nyerere
|Story by George Sanzila
The Southern African Research and Documentation Centre (SARDC), chaired by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi has honoured late revered statesman, Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere on the 20th anniversary of his death in Tanzania.
Nyerere is seen as an icon and inspiration to the liberation of southern Africa, and a hero in the region, which achieved independence with his support and that of the people of the United Republic of Tanzania.
The honour which included laying a wreath took place in Butiama, Tanzania where SARDC is having one of its meetings. SARDC is a leading regional knowledge centre and SADC partner and Nyerere is the Founding Patron of the institution.
The SARDC Chairman, Hon. Professor Peter H. Katjavivi, said that Mwalimu inspired and supported a generation of leaders and freedom fighters, as Chairman of the Front Line States and through mobilizing material, diplomatic and moral support for the independence movement in Southern Africa.
Tanzania hosted the Liberation Committee of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now the African Union, of which Mwalimu Nyerere was a founder in 1963.
Hon. Katjavivi further stated that Mwalimu was a visionary who had a long-term view of regional integration and development, and was a founder of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and its predecessor organization.
Members of the Board were taken on a guided tour of the complex by Mwalimu’s son Madaraka Nyerere, who is also a member of the Board of SARDC. Highlights of the tour included the family house and personal library, the museum and the mausoleum where Mwalimu Nyerere was laid to rest in October 1999.
SARDC is based at Julius K. Nyerere House in Harare, Zimbabwe, and works throughout the 16 member states of SADC. Board members are drawn from various countries and disciplines in the SADC region. The Vice Chairman is Arlindo Lopes from Mozambique.
SARDC works on a range of regional research initiatives, including Infrastructure, Energy, Industrialization, Water Resources, Gender, and issues relating to Environment and Climate. SARDC has a rich historical archive which is being digitized for online access.