PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete has awarded 86 people both living and deceased with honorary medals in recognition of their contribution to protecting and preserving the Union, which turned 50 on Saturday.
The 86 awardees were honoured on Friday with the Order of the Union, the Order of the Union First Class, the Order of the Union Second Class, the Order of the Union Third Class, the Order of the Union Fourth Class, the Order of the United Republic Second Class and Presidential Certificate of Recognition.
The Order of the Union was awarded to the late Father of the Nation, Julius Kambarage Nyerere, the late Abeid Aman Karume, Mr Ali Hassan Mwinyi and Mr Benjamin William Mkapa.
The Order of Union First Class was awarded to Aboud Jumbe Mwinyi, the late Rashid Mfaume Kawawa, John Samwel Malecela, Cleopa David Msuya, Joseph Sinde Warioba, the late Omar Ali Juma, the late Idrissa Abulwakil, Salmin Amour Juma, Aman Abeid Karume, the late Edward Moringe Sokoine and Salim Ahmed Salim.
Others are Fredeick Tluway Sumaye, Brig Gen Ramadhani Haji Faki (rtd), Shamsi Vuai Nahodha, the late Thabit Kombo Jecha, the late Col Seif Bakari Omari, the late Maj Gen Abdalla Said Natepe, the late Brig Gen Yussuf Himid Maftah and the late Hafidhi Suleiman Almasi.
Others are the late Khamis Darwesh Mdingo, the late Pili Khamis Mpera, the late Said Iddi Bavuai, the late Said Washoto Mnyuke, the late Hamid Ameir Ali, the late Maj Gen Khamis Hemed Nyuni, the late Mohammed Abdalla Ameir and the late Edington Hebert Kisasi.
Others are the late Hasnu Makame Mwita, the late Mohamed Juma Khamisi, the late Mohamed Mfaume Omari, the late Muhsin Bin Ali Juma, the late Daudi Mahmoud Jecha, the late Asanterabi Zephania Nsilo Swai, the late Paul Bomani, the late Habib Amir Jamal, the late Lawi Nangwanda Sijaona, the late Said Ali Maswanya and the late Jeremiah Sam Kasambala.
The list also includes the late Tewa Said Tewa, the late Solomon Nkya Eliufoo, Clement George Kahama, Job Malecela Lusinde, the late Dereck Noël Maclean Bryceson, the late Austin Kapera Shaba, the late Amri Abeid Kaluta, the late Chifu Adam Sapi Mkwawa, Ali Khamis Abdalla, the late Augustino Said, Augustino Stephen Ramadhani, the late Dunstan Alfred Omari.
Others are the late Dickson Anitishe Nkembo, Makame Mzee Suleiman, the late Suleiman Ali Mnoga, Mark Danhi Bomani and Iddi Pandu Hassan.
The Order of Union Third Class was conferred to Zakhia Hamdani Meghji, Gen Mirisho Sam Haggai Sarakikya (rtd), the late Gen Abdalla Twalipo, Gen David Bugozi Musuguri(rtd), Gen Davis Adolf Mwamunyange, the late Elangwa Narundu Shaidi, the late Hamza Aziz Ali, Samwel Huma Pundugu, Ernest Jumbe Mangu, the late Obadiah Kinyonyi Rugimbana, the late Ramadhani Kirungi and John Casmir Minja.
The Order of Union Fourth Class was awarded to the late Ali Mwinyikondo Mwinyigongo, Msondo Ngoma Musical Band, Hadija Abasi, Sifael Kunda Shuma, Hassaniel Elisael Mrema and Hassan Omari Mzee.
The Order of United Republic Medal Second Class awardees are Brother Anthony Canterucci and Dr Rajan Kanabar. The Recognition and Appreciation of Philanthropic services was bestowed on Mark Green, Hayao Nakayama of Japan and Reginald Abraham Mengi.
One of the awardees, Gen David Bugozi Musuguri (rtd) said that after having served the army for over 50 years, the honour that had been bestowed on him made the time more worthy.
Dr Kanabar said that he was very honoured and felt highly privileged to have received such a prestigious award and thanked President Jakaya Kikwete who he described as a true humanitarian.
“There is nothing more fulfilling than the power of giving. What we do isn’t a show of wealth but rather working with a selfless spirit to help others. While we don’t strive to gain recognition, when we get it, it’s an honour,” he said.
Ms Hadija Abasi, one of the ladies who assisted the Father of the Nation in mixing sand from Zanzibar and Tanzania Mainland said that never in her wildest dreams had she dreamt of receiving an award and that she would cherish it for life.