By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
The universe works in balance. Happiness is balanced with sorrow, the heat with coldness, life with death, old with new, the end with beginning and so on.
The death of Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli gave way for Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan to become Tanzania’s first female president, as per the provision of the country’s constitution, which states that in case a sitting president dies, the vice president has to be sworn-in within 24 hours, and will be president for the remainder of the term.
This means that Hassan, who is now the Commander-in-Chief, will remain so until 2025. She is now the sixth president of Tanzania.
The new President, Samia Suluhu Hassan has said the late President Dr John Pombe Joseph Magufuli will be laid to rest on Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Chato District and that it will be observed as a public holiday.
Samia Suluhu Hassan was born in January 1960 on Zanzibar – the semi-autonomous islands off the coast of mainland Tanzania. She studied public administration, first in Tanzania and then as a postgraduate at Manchester University in the United Kingdom (UK).
In 1978, she married Hafidh Ameir, who is known to be an agricultural academic but has kept a low profile. Since Hassan became vice-president, the two have not been pictured together.
They have four children together, with one Mwanu Hafidh Ameir being a member of the Zanzibar House of Representatives.
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