Cyclists embark on 1,500-kilometre journey to remember Nyerere

The inaugural First Lady of Tanzania, Mama Maria Nyerere (centre) together with some members of the management team for Vodacom Tanzania, led by the company’s managing director, Philip Besiimire (second right), exchange views during an event to flag off about 200 cyclists who left for Butiama, the birth place of Tanzania’s founding president Julius Nyerere. Left is former Prime Minister Joseph Warioba. The cyclists will be at Butiama on October 14, the day that Julius Nyerere died. PHOTO | SUNDAY GEORGE

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  • Education, the environment, and healthcare service promotion were the key issues advocated by Mwalimu Julius Nyerere.

Dar es Salaam. Some 200 cyclists from East African countries yesterday commenced a tour to Mwalimu Nyerere’s home village of Butiama in honour of the life and legacy of the founding father of the nation.

Former Prime Minister Joseph Warioba expressed happiness as the team started the tour, saying education, the environment, and healthcare service promotion were the key issues advocated by Mwalimu Julius Nyerere.

The cyclists are expected to cover 1,500 kilometres, passing through 20 districts and 10 regions.

During the journey that started at Mwalimu Nyerere’s Msasani residency, the cyclists will carry out different activities, including tree planting and the donation of desks to public primary schools in honour of the legacy left behind by the founding Father of the Nation.

Mwalimu Nyerere, who died on October 14, 1999, championed quality education, access to healthcare to combat diseases, and economic growth among all Tanzanians. The convoy is expected to arrive in Butiama on October 14, which is celebrated as a public holiday in Tanzania in honour of the late leader.

Flagging off the tour and bidding farewell to the cyclists, Mr Warioba said he was pleased the cyclists focused on education, the environment, and healthcare services.

“The activities you will undertake along the way will benefit Tanzanians. I hope that through your initiative, you can inspire changes in the sectors you focus on, just as intended by Mwalimu,” said Mr Warioba.

The event has brought together participants from different countries, including East African countries, noting that it was a demonstration of unity.

“Along the journey, you will experience the breadth of our country, Tanzania,” he said.