Burundi President, Evariste Ndayishimiye has congratulated John Pombe Magufuli on his re-election as Tanzania’s president.
According to the election results announced by the electoral commission on Friday night, Magufuli polled 12.5 million votes which represents 85% of the total count while his main opponent Tundu Lissu got only 1.9 million votes (13 percent).
“On behalf of the People of Burundi, and on my own behalf, I extend to President Magufuli my heartfelt and warmest congratulations for his re-election,” said Ndayishimiye in an early morning Tweet.
“I congratulate the People of Tanzania.”
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.
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.
Tundu has since vowed not to accept the outcome of the election, saying Tanzania “might go the Zimbabwe way.”
Addressing journalists on Thursday in Dar es Salaam, Tundu said, “Whatever happened was not an election.”
He said the exercise was held under a “climate of fear” and that his agents were blocked from accessing polling stations – claims the electoral body dismissed as unfounded.
The US assistant secretary of state for African affairs, Tibor Nagy, said Washington remained “deeply concerned about reports of systematic interference in the democratic process”.
He added: “We continue to review credible allegations of the use of force against unarmed civilians.”
However, in a statement this Saturday morning, EAC Election observers stationed at 160 polling stations across the country said the election process was largely conducted in a peaceful environment.
“All political parties and candidates were able to conduct their campaigns across the country freely,” said EAC, adding, “The opening procedures of polling stations were conducted in accordance with the existing laws and procedures.”
The regional body further said voting proceeded smoothly in most polling stations observed, with NEC officials demonstrating good levels of competence and compliance with the mandated procedures.
Meanwhile, Dr Hussein Mwinyi, the son of Tanzania’s second president Ali Hassan Mwinyi, was declared winner of the Zanzibar presidential race.
Mwinyi garnered 380, 402 votes which represents 72% of the total vote