On this picture are the ministers of the first cabinet. Seated from left are Dr Idarus Baalawy, Ali Muhsin (died March 20, 2006), Mohamed Shamte, Juma Alley and Ibuni Saleh. Standing from left are Sheikh Ameir Tajo, Amirali Abdulrasul, Rashid Hamadi, Omar Hamad (Mkamandume) and Maulid Mshangama.
Zanzibar was given full independence on December 10, 1963. The first government was formed by a coalition of ZNP and ZPPP. Sheikh Mohammed Shamte, of the ZPPP became the first prime minister of an independent Zanzibar. The Sultan, at the time Jamshid ibn Abdullah, remained as the head of state the move that was vehemently protested by ASP.
On December 16, 1963, Prime Minister Mohammed Shamte, as the head of the independent and sovereign government of Zanzibar, delivered what was to be a historic speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.