The Zanaki are an ethnic and linguistic group from the heart of Mara Region, Tanzania, to the east of Lake Victoria. In 1987 the Zanaki population was estimated to number 62,000. The group is subdivided into the Birus and the Buturis.
Julius Nyerere (1922–1999), the founder and first president of Tanzania was a Zanaki and was the son of King Burito Nyerere (1860–1942), who was chief of the Zanaki, the grandson is today the Prince Kevin Kiboko Nyerere.
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- Clagett Taylor, James (1963). The political development of Tanganyika. Stanford University Press. p. 95. ISBN 0-8047-0147-4.
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