TAZARA to launch golf tournament in honor of Tanzania, Zambia founding leaders

2021-11-16 17:06:00 GMT2021-11-17 01:06:00(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

DAR ES SALAAM, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) has partnered with Tanzania's Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Sorts Club to launch a golf tournament in memory of the friendship between the founding leaders of the two countries, a statement by TAZARA said on Tuesday.

The statement said the golf tournament will be in memory of the friendship between Tanzanian former President Julius Nyerere and his Zambian counterpart, Kenneth Kaunda, the brainchild behind the construction of TAZARA.

TAZARA was constructed as a turnkey project between 1970 and 1975 through an interest-free loan from China, with commercial operations starting in July 1976, covering 1,860 km from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to New Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia.

The statement said the debut Kaunda-Nyerere Friendship Golf Tournament will be held at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Sports Club in Dar es Salaam on December 9, 2021, which is the Independence Day of Tanzania and the date on which Kaunda traveled all the way from Zambia to celebrate Tanzania's Independence with a game of golf in 1987.

Kaunda and Nyerere did not only share a closely knit friendship, but also agreed on many political and ideological thoughts, including pan-Africanism and the desire to liberate many African countries from colonial oppression and unite the entire continent of Africa, said the statement.

"We are extremely delighted to form this partnership with the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Sports Club in hosting this golf tournament, whose overriding objective is to keep alive the memory of the two founders of TAZARA," said Bruno Ching'andu, TAZARA managing director and chief executive officer.

He added that Kaunda and Nyerere forged a friendship that was exemplary and will live on forever. Enditem