To date, TAZARA also fondly known as the “Great Uhuru Railway” because of the role it played in the liberation of many countries in Southern Africa, is the greatest symbol of friendship between the nations of China, Tanzania and Zambia. TAZARA provides a platform for political and socio-economic relationships amongst the three countries, which relationships brought about the existence of the railway line in the first place. From the pre-construction period to date, the relations amongst the three republics have been growing stronger by the day. The peoples of the three countries have since been co-operating in various spheres, with TAZARA being the critical uniting factor in the trilateral co-operation.
The founders of TAZARA had to be friends. Mwalimu Nyerere, Dr. Kaunda and Chairman Mao formed a bond that created TAZARA against all odds and their three countries have formed a formidable friendship over the years. The friendship lives on and TAZARA remains the true symbol of that friendship.