Saturday, October 25, 2014

Mwalimu Nyerere And Kiabakari

Revisiting the images from the past, I came across an album of pictures taken when Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere (the Father of the Nation and the first President of independent Tanzania) was visiting Kiabakari on his personal pilgrimages to Divine Mercy Shrine in Kiabakari and when we - from Kiabakari - were visiting him in Butiama. Here are few of them in no particular chronological order. Enjoy!

Mwalimu and Mama Maria in 1996

Mwalimu during Divine Mercy Sunday -
gift from myVIWAWA parochial netball team he sponsored personally

1997 - Divine Mercy Sunday

Gift to Mwalimu from us -
recognizing his commitment to peace and reconciliation in Rwanda

Mwalimu trying to ring the church bell in 1997

Oustide Butiama parochial church -
with CCM Mapinduzi netball team during the training camp
they did in Kiabakari on my invitation in 1997

Mapinduzi netball team with Mother of Mwalimu Nyerere - Christina Mugaya
1997 - Divine Mercy Sunday explaining to Mwalimu future development plans

Mwalimu and Mama Maria with our parochial choir in 1997

At Mwalimu Butiama residence - with Bishop Justin Samba, my Dad and home parish priest

On the same day in 1995 - Bishop Samba with Mwalimu,
Mama Maria, my home parish priest, my Dad and Fr. Karol Szlachta

Fr. Karol Szlachta, Apostolic Nuncio in Tanzania Archbishop Agostino Marchetto in  July 1992

With Mwalimu in 1999, a day before his birthday

Mama Maria, Mwalimu and Polish Ambassador Eugeniusz Rzewuski on October 4, 1998
during the personal pilgrimage of Cardinal Polycarp Pengo to Kiabakari Divine Mercy Shrine

Mwalimu Nyerere and Mama Maria after one of the personal Holy Masses
I was celebrating for them at Mwalimu library every weekday morning in 1992
Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere was buried here, at his mausoleum,
right in front of the house built for him by the grateful nation. Butiama village

Mwalimu Nyerere Museum in Butiama. The entrance

With Mama Maria and Ambassador Rzewuski in 1998 (Oct 4)
Right after the Holy Mass on Mwalimu Birthday on April 13, 1999
with Fr. Thomas Marando, the then parish priest of Butiama and myself
(I was preaching the homily on this day)
The statue of the late President on the exact spot
where he was born on April 13, 1922 at Mwitongo, Butiama

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