Relatives of the late Ali Sykes carry his coffin during the burial ceremony held at Kisutu cemetery in Dar es Salaam yesterday. Sykes was one of the founder members of TAA and TANU parties. PHOTO | VENANCY NESTORY
The late Ali Abdallah Kleist Sykes, 87, who died in Nairobi on Sunday of heart failure, was a key figure in the fight for independence and was one of the 17 people who founded the Tanganyika African National Union (Tanu), the party preceding CCM. He carried card number 2, with number 1 being possessed by Tanu founding chairman the late Julius Nyerere.