By Goth Mohamed Goth
The Chairman of the Justice and Welfare party (UCID) Hon Feisal Ali Waraabe was among members of the Socialist International Africa Committee who are currently meeting in Tanzania, hosted by the SI member party in that country, Chama Cha Mapinduzi, CCM.
The Chairman of the Justice and Welfare party Hon Feisal Ali Waraabe and other top party officials were among those other representatives from 20 other African nations which took part in the two day event held in the Julius Nyerere International Convention center after being invited by the chairman of Chama Cha Mapinduzi, the ruling party in Tanzania, CCM Hon Abdurrahman Kanini.
CCM Hon Abdurrahman Kanini addressing the social international gathering also touched on the legacy of the late President Julius Nyerere who through his African socialist “Ujamaa” collectives united his nation and made major advances in the fields of health and education and being the founders of the Socialist International.
The secretary General of Socialist International Lius Ayale speaking at the event said, “Most of the African countries gained independence during the 1960s, some of these newly formed governments rejected the ideas of capitalism in favour of a more afrocentric economic model. Advocates of African socialism claimed that it was not the opposite of capitalism nor a response to it, but something completely different.
Mr. Lius Ayale also paid tribute to the late Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, Léopold Senghor of Senegal, Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana and Sékou Touré of Guinea, who were the main architects of African Socialism and I am glad to say most African countries which gained independence at the time embraced the socialist ideology.
The President of Tanzania H.E President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete hosted a dinner in honor of members of the Socialist International Africa Committee attending the two at the Presidential Palace in Dar salaam.
Chairman of UCID Hon Feisal Ali Waraabe and the Secretary General of CCM Hon Abdurrahman Kanini to discuss future cooperation between the two political parties and how the Tanzania’s ruling party would in the future assist the Justice and welfare party (UCID) in the future to training and enhancing the role of youth and women
Among the issues discussed at the two day event were (1) Our commitment to peace and the resolution of conflicts in the region; (3) Participative democracy, solid institutions and good governance; (4) For an economy that serves all the people, respects nature and provides growth; (5) Brief reports on national situations in countries of the region; (6) Statement of the meeting; (7) Date and venue of the next meeting of the Committee.
Attending the meeting were participants from 21 countries namely Tanzania, Algeria, Angola, Somaliland, Benin, Cameroon, Chana, Greece, Kenya, Mali, Mauritius, morocco, Namibia, South africa, Swaziland, Western sahara, Lesotho, Cap verde and Zambia,
The Socialist International is the worldwide organisation of social democratic, socialist and labour parties. It currently brings together 155 political parties and organisations from all continents.