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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 the King Burito Nyerere (1860–1942), who was chief of the Zanaki, and of Christina Mgaya wa Nyang'ombe (1891-1997).
- David Musuguri (*1923), Chief of the Tanzania People's Defence Force 1980–1988
- Olson, James Stuart (1996). The peoples of Africa: an ethnohistorical dictionary. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 609. ISBN 0-313-27918-7.
- Clagett Taylor, James (1963). The political development of Tanganyika. Stanford University Press. p. 95. ISBN 0-8047-0147-4.
- Nkulu, Kiluba L. (2005). Serving the Common Good: A Postcolonial African Perspective on Higher Education. Peter Lang Publishing. p. 63. ISBN 0-8204-7626-9.
- Molony 2014, p. 239.
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