Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Marching with Nyerere
I made a resolution to read one book every week for this year. I am already lagging a book behind schedule.
Before making this resolurion I picked up a book, Marching with Nyerere by K.L. Jhaveri, presented to me by the author a few years ago. Jhaveri was a member of the legal defence team in the criminal libel case against then nationalist leader Mwalimu Julius Nyerere in 1958. The legal team was led by D.N. Pritt, Q.C., and assisted by another Tanganyikan lawyer, M.M. Rattansey.
The book deals with the contribution made by the Asian community in the independence struggle of Tanganyika and particularly the part played by the Asian Association in conjunction with the Tanganyika African National Union (TANU) which was led by Mwalimu Nyerere. Jhaveri was the president of the Asian Association in Tanganyika, a former member of parliament and president of the Tanganyika Law Society. He also served with distinction as member of the Judicial Commission and judge of the High Court.
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