UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 14 -- The legacy of late Tanzanian President Mwalimu Nyerere will continue to help African countries strengthen unity and make achievement in development, said a Chinese envoy to UN on Monday, on remembering the founding president of Tanzania.
"It has been 14 years since President Nyerere left us, but his devotion to the national liberation movements in Africa, his ideals of pan-Africanism and his integrity and virtues are remembered as a precious legacy," said Liu Jieyi, China's permanent representative to the United Nations, at a meeting here on commemoration of Mwalimu Nyerere Day. The event was organized by the permanent mission of Tanzania to UN.
"This legacy will continue to help African countries strengthen unity and make new and greater achievement in stability, development and prosperity through collective efforts," said Liu.
Mwalimu Nyerere was acclaimed as the Father of Tanzania in both Mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar for his role in leading the nation's independence. He also made great contribution to the liberation struggle in southern Africa. Nyerere passed away at a London hospital on October 14, 1999, at the age of 77.
"With his dedication and unflagging efforts, the Organization of African Unity, the predecessor of the African Union, came into being, effectively changing the global political landscape," Liu said.
Liu also noted that Nyerere was also a great friend of the Chinese people. "He and the Chinese leaders at the time sowed the seeds of traditional friendship between China and Tanzania and fostered its growth," he said.
During Nyerere's presidency, China, Tanzania and other African countries worked closely together and built the TAZARA, the railway between Tanzania and Zambia, a timeless symbol of China-Africa friendship and South-South cooperation.