Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli has been sworn in for his second and last five-year term in office.
Inside a packed stadium that was cheering on in Dodoma on Thursday, November 5, Magufuli took his oath of office, promised to protect the Constitution and people of Tanzania, before brandishing a spear and a shield to signify authority and the beginning of his presidency.
Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and his Zimbabwe and Comoros counterparts Emerson Mnangagwa and Azali Assoumani respectively graced the event.
Others who were in attendance included but not limited to; Botswana Vice President Slumber Tsongwane, Burundi’s Prime Minister Alaine Bunyoni, and Mozambique Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosário.
Tanzania’s National Election Commission declared Magufuli winner of the general election after garnering 12,516,252 votes. His closest challenger opposition leader Tundu Lissu managed only 1,933,271 votes.
CCM Vs CHADEMA
Voting took place on October 28. Magufuli ran on a Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) ticket while Lissu’s vehicle was Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA).
Lissu has already said he would not accept the results, citing fraud.
“The results should not be recognized by any country in the world, should not be recognized by the African Union and the Commonwealth,” Lissu was quoted by Reuters as saying.
His sentiments were echoed by the United States government. “Irregularities and the overwhelming margins of victory raise serious doubts about the credibility of the results.”
In Zanzibar, the CCM presidential candidate, Hussein Mwinyi, secured 76 percent of the vote. A version of the CCM has held power in Tanzania since the country gained independence in 1961.
President Magufuli will now lead Tanzania from 2021 to 2025.