German president to visit cemetery of Maji Maji heroes

By Lake Zone Watch writer

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is expected to visit the Maji Maji Museum in Songea Municipality, the scene where more than 60 heroes of the Maji Maji war of liberation against German rule were buried in a single grave more than a century ago.

The foreign ministry said in a statement released yesterday that the German leader, accompanied by investors of 12 companies, will officially begin a two-day visit today to strengthen the existing cordial relations between the two countries.

The statement said President Steimmeier will hold talks with his Tanzania counterpart, Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan, on matters of mutual interest between the two nations before holding a press conference.

Germany ruled then Tanganyika from 1886 until its regime ended following defeat during the First World War of 1914 to 1918.

The famous Maji Maji rebellion was perhaps the fiercest national resistance against foreign rule that modern day Tanzania experienced in many different places in the country; a lesson that dictatorship was an abhorrent form of governance.

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