Uhuru Torch

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Uhuru Torch on the reverse of a Tanzanian shilling.

The Uhuru Torch[1] (Swahili: Mwenge wa Uhuru, literally "Torch of Freedom") is one of the National Symbols of Tanzania. It is a kerosene torch. It symbolizes freedom and light. It was first lit on top of Mount Kilimanjaro on December 9, 1961 by Alexander Nyirenda. [2] Symbolically to Shine the country and across the borders to bring hope where there is despair, love where there is enmity and respect where there is hatred. The Uhuru Torch race takes place every year starting from different places.

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  1. ^ Tanzania National Symbols
  2. ^ "Tanzania: Man Who Took Uhuru Torch to Kilimanjaro Peak". allafrica.com. AllAfrica. Retrieved 23 January 2015.