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PHOTOS: At Magufuli Inauguration Ceremony, Museveni Roots for African Unity

President Museveni has flown back to Kampala from Tanzania’s new capital Dodoma, where he attended the inauguration of President John Pombe Magufuli.

The head-of-state left Entebbe this Thursday morning for the ceremony that saw Magufuli effectively begin his second term of office.

East African leaders did not attend the function.

However, President Emerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe, Vice Botswana’s Slumber Tsogwane and top dignitaries from Burundi graced the event at Jamhuri Stadium.

Kenya was represented by EAC Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohammed

On arrival, President Museveni was welcomed by Uganda’s High Commissioner to Tanzania, Amb Richard Kabonero and the country’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Palamagamba Kabudi.

Amb Kabonero (L) welcoming President Museveni in Dodoma on Thursday
Uganda’s Defence attache to Tanzania, Maj Gen Steven Kashaka salutes President Museveni on arrival in Dodoma today

Museveni rooted for deeper economic and political cooperation among African states to secure the continent’s future.

Museveni delivering his speech at the function

The Ugandan leader praised departed Tanzania president Julius Nyerere for laying a firm foundation for Africa’s unity and independence, attracting an applause from the congregation.

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“We are all here because of Mwalimu Nyerere,” said Museveni.

Taking oath, Magufuli vowed to “serve Tanzanian citizens diligently without fear, favour or hate.”

Magufuli polled 12.5 million votes which represents 85% of the total count, defeating his main opponent Tundu Lissu who got only 1.9 million votes (13 percent).

Several instances of violence and malpractices were reported in Tanzania but the East African Community election observers said “Election process was conducted in a credible manner.”

Magufuli, 60, a former Works Minister credited for overseeing major infrastructure projects in Tanzania, promised more water projects and rural electrification to more villages across the vast East African country.

Magufuli (L) took oath for a second term in office

The President also pledged to maintain the current economic growth, peace and unity the country is enjoying.

On July 1, 2020, the World Bank announced that the Tanzanian economy had been upgraded from low to lower-middle income status.

Tanzania’s GNI per capita increased from $1,020 in 2018 to $1,080 in 2019, which exceeds the 2019 threshold of $1,036 for lower-middle income status. Thus Tanzania is currently classified as a lower-middle income country.

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