By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on Thursday November 5, 2020, flew to Tanzania to attend the swear-in ceremony of his counterpart President John Pombe Magufuli, who was elected for the second term last week.
President Magufuli’s swearing in comes seven days after he was declared the winner of the October 28 polls.
He was sworn in before Chief Justice Ibrahim Hamisi Juma, Chief Secretary John Kijazi amidst scores of people, visiting Presidents and other dignitaries who were present for the occasion.
Magufuli and his Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan took the oath of office separately in Dodoma’s Jamhuri Stadium, a ceremony that was witnessed by thousands of Tanzanians alongside foreign dignitaries.
Magufuli was re-elected for a second term last week, securing a huge victory of 84.4% of the votes against his main opponent Tundu Lissu.
He promised to be faithful, work for the country as well as protect the country’s constitution.
He later signed the oath of promise before being handed the constitution, traditional symbols of power which include a spear and shield.
Magufuli was first elected as President in 2015; his second five-year term is expected to end in 2025.
However, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was not at the ceremony. He instead delegated Adan Mohamed, the Cabinet Secretary for East African Community & Regional Development, to represent him, although reasons why he snubbed the ceremony are not yet clear.
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