Zanzibar and Comoro to enhance ties

08Mar 2018
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Zanzibar and Comoro to enhance ties

ZANZIBAR President Dr Ali Mohamed Shein recently said that his government will continue to honour and reinforce the historic relations with Comoro islands, partcularly in developing traditions and customs, which have been there for years.

ZANZIBAR President Dr Ali Mohamed Shein.

Dr Shein made the pledge when speaking with Comorian Ambassador to Tanzania, Mohammed Fakih Al Baadawy who visited the Zanzibar’s State House yesterday.


The Isles’ leader told the Comorian envoy that Zanzibar archipelago honours much the current relationship, which is being reniforced by the pact signed between the two Indian Ocean islands in 2014.


Apart from development relations between Zanzibar and Comoro, Dr Shein said that the two countries have been cooperating in a wide range of sectors from social, cultural and economic development.


He, however, assured the Comorian envoy that Zanzibar will effectively take part at the international symposium on the life of the late Sheikh Sayyid Omar Abdallah, alias Sheikh Mwinyi Baraka to be held in the Comorian capital city of Moroni, on April 03 and 06, this year.


Dr Shein lauded the objectives of the symposium, which include education to the youth on key issues related to Sheikh Mwinyi Baraka and insisted that on the Isles’ side, there are people who knew him such as teachers and academicians who are still alive.


He also commended the idea of forging the relations between State University of Zanzibar and Comoro University, saying the move will cement the current ties between the two islands.


For his part, the Comorian envoy Mohammed Fakih Al Baadawy informed his host that the two nations will continue to cooperate for the mutual benefit of people in the two countries.


Commenting on the proposed symposium, Al Baadawy said that it will be now 100 years since the death of Sheikh Mwinyi Baraka, and the forum is to honour his contributions to the society.


The envoy described the participation of SUZA in the symposium  as important as it will help to make students learn a number of issues from academicians and other stakeholders from Mwinyi Baraka Institute of Zanzibar and others from as far as USA, UK, France, Germany and other parts of the world.


Sheikh Mwinyi Baraka was born in Zanzibar in 1918 and died in 1988, he was regarded in the 1950s and 1960s as one of the greatest Muslim scholars in Zanzibar, and became known as "Mwinyi Baraka," or "the Master of Blessings." Habib Umar Abdallah had been educated at government and Koranic schools, attended Makerere College in Uganda, and  studying Arabic and Islamic Law, matriculated at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London in 1951.