Tanzania: Makonda Urges Dar Residents to Maintain Peace, Unity

Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner, Mr Paul Makonda has appealed to Dar es Salaam residents to maintain peace and unity amongst themselves to show their great respect to the national heroes who sacrificed their lives in love of the country.

Addressing the city residents during the National Heroes Day at Mnazi Mmoja grounds in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Mr Makonda, said the national heroes made sacrifices because they had love with the country.

"We're today enjoying peace and unity because there were people who sacrificed for the nation," said the Regional Commissioner after placing shield and spear on the famous Uhuru monument to commemorate the fallen heroes.

This year's National Heroes Day was held at national level in Dodoma Region whereby President John Magufuli, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, graced the event.

Mr Makonda, who was the guest of honour at the event at regional level, pointed out that there were some signs of lack of nationalism among members of the public noting that the public should consider the country first in every decision.

Major (retired) Francis Vavunge urged members of the public to maintain peace and unity in the country stressing that there was huge cost to restore the national values. "I've fought many wars while serving the army.

I know the consequences of wars. The people, who tremendously suffer when a country is engaged in war, are women and children," said the retired army officer.

Tanzania Legion representative, Sergeant Salum Mbaraka, extended gratitude to the government for respecting the national heroes pointing out the event reminds members of the public on the value of peace.

"Placing traditional weapons on Uhuru reminds the public on sacrifice made by the national heroes. There were those who lost their lives or parts of their bodies because of the nation," he said.

Source:Tanzania Daily News.