Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere congratulated Zimbabwe on Friday (18 April) on its independence but said Zimbabweans should not look for an overnight transformation.
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Background: Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere congratulated Zimbabwe on Friday (18 April) on its independence but said Zimbabweans should not look for an overnight transformation. He said many problems still onfronted the new state. The Tanzanian leader was speaking at a mass rally in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Called to celebrate the birth of Zimbabwe.
SYNOPSIS: Hundreds of people attended the rally to celebrate Zimbabwe's birth. Tanzania, as one of the frontline states, has always supported Zimbabwe's independence. President Nyerere, chairman of the five frontline states group which backed the Patriotic Front, broke diplomatic relations with Britain fro 15 years after Salisbury's Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) in 1965.
But on Friday (18 April) old differences seemed forgotten, and the quarrels with Britain over. Before last February's (1980) independence poll in Zimbabwe, President Nyerere accused Britain to trying to rig the election results. He accused the British governor Lord Soames of being biased, and said he was sceptical of the role of the Commonwealth troops. But with the independence celebrations, President Nyerere changed his position and he thanked Britain for its role in bringing Zimbabwe to independence.
President Nyerere told the crowd that now Britain had ended its empire in mainland Africa, there was no further reason to quarrel with Westminster. He even referred to Britain as friends -- saying Tanzania would have "very good reasons to enhance the building of excellent relations with our friends, the British". President Nyerere had more special thanks for China for supplying Patriotic Front guerrillas with modern arms. Without them he said the liberation struggle could not have taken place. He also thanked the Soviet bloc, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), the non-aligned group, the Scandinavian countries and the United Nations for their support.