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Speeches 2009

Remarks by Honorable Anne Kilango Malecela for the Women of Courage Lunch

Venue: American Embassy, Dar es Salaam - March 26, 2009

The United States Chargé d’Affaires, Larry André, (right) presents a certificate to Member of Parliament for Same East constituency in Kilimanjaro Region, the Honorable Anne Kilango Malecela (left), who was selected as the 2009 Tanzanian Woman of Courage

The Charge d'Affaires of the United States of America in Tanzania,
Distinguished Invited Guests
Ladies and Gentlemen:

I find it extremely difficult to get the right words to thank you and through you, your Government and the people of the United States of America for the great honour you have done in giving me the award of A Woman of Courage in Tanzania for the year 2009.

This award of a woman of courage can have a lot of meanings, courage in battle, courage to distinguish what is right and wrong, courage to face fearlessly and stand firm in times of danger, the courage to speak and stand firm for the rights of the down trodden.

And finally courage to speak out clearly and fearlessly on problems facing the Tanzanian people and my country as a whole.

With a lot of humbleness to all of you, I would like to assure you that we women are more emotionally touched when we see humanity suffer in any form. After all we should never forget that its we women who produce the humanity I am talking about. On this point sometimes we may sound absurd or extreme but all in all it is simply because we are responsible for producing humanity.

May I say with all humbleness that this award has deeply touched my heart.

Mr. LARRY E ANDRÉ, Jr., Tanzania is my county, and it is among the developing countries. We still have a long way to go to achieve the millennium goals. But I sincerely believe that with your kind cooperation and assistance, we are bound to achieve the agreed millennium goals faster than we would have done on our own.

Please allow me on behalf of the people of my constituency Same East, and on behalf of Tanzania as a whole to thank you profoundly for the award you and your country have bestowed on me.

THE CHARGÉ D’AFFAIRES, I want to assure you that I will treasure the award with humility and that it will always remain a pleasure in my heart.

I am sure you will all understand that I as ANNE KILANGO MALECELA I belong to a family. May I make it clear that some of these positive elements which you may have seen in me is partly a contribution from my family and the encouragement I get from the people of my constituency –Same East.

Allow me now to conclude my brief statement by assuring you, the people of Tanzania would like this brotherly relationship between the U.S.A. and TANZANIA to be strengthened.

Finally, I would sincerely request you to convey these appreciations to your Government and the people of the United States of America. Long live the cordial relationship between the United States of America and United Republic of Tanzania.

Mungu ibariki Amerika
Mungu ibariki Tanzania

Ahsanteni sana.