Saturday, October 23, 1999 Published at 13:48 GMT 14:48 UK
Nyerere laid to rest
Thousands lined up to see Dr Nyerere's body
Tanzania's founding father Julius Nyerere has been buried near the humble house where he was born 77 years ago.
Mourners wailed and several fainted as the former president's coffin was lowered into a roughly-dug grave.
Dr Nyerere ruled Tanzania from 1962 until 1985, when he voluntarily stepped down in.
He died of leukaemia in London last week, and his state funeral was held on Thursday in Dar es Salaam.
As six army generals lowered the coffin, a trumpet played the Last Retreat. President Benjamin Mkapa joined Dr Nyerere's family and close friends in tossing fistfuls of soil onto the coffin.
The burial was broadcast live on radio and television.
30 days of mourning
The ceremony combined tribal and Roman Catholic traditions.
His younger brother, Jackton Nyambereka Nyerere, said after the funeral: "The place where we bury him will now be his city.
"We decided to bury him facing east according to our custom. Unlike our father Burito, who was buried sitting down according to tradition, he wanted to be buried like a normal person."
In a grave-side eulogy, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni urged Tanzanians to do everything to preserve the peace and unity that "did not come out of the blue, but were products of Nyerere's hard work".
Dr Nyerere is still revered in Tanzania as the "father of the nation" after leading the country to independence.
The government has declared 30 days of mourning throughout the country.