Zanaki people

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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.[1] In 1987, the Zanaki population was estimated to number 62,000.[2] The group is subdivided into the Birus and the Buturis.[1]

Famous people[edit]

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,[3] and of Christina Mgaya wa Nyang'ombe (1897-1997).[4]

His firstborn child, Andrew Nyerere, said his father had Luo ancestry.[citation needed]

Veteran Kenyan columnist and political analyst, Philip Ochieng, a Luo, stated in an article in the Daily Nation, Nairobi, Kenya, that the Zanaki, an ethnic group to which President Nyerere belonged, were related by blood to Ochieng's subethnic group.[citation needed]