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Tanzanians go to the polls in 2025: President Samia has changed the landscape, but Magufuli’s legacy persists

Tanzanians go to the polls in 2025: President Samia has changed the landscape, but Magufuli’s legacy persists

IT'S been three years since the death of Tanzania’s president John Magufuli and the rise to power of the current president Samia Suluhu Hassan. Magufuli was Tanzania’s fifth president. He came to power in 2015 and was re-elected in 2020 in a poll that was marred by controversy. Magufuli brought lasting changes to Tanzania’s political landscape during his six-year tenure. His approach sparked differing opinions, both within the country and on the international stage. Inside the country, he was loved and loathed almost in equal measure. To his detractors, his administration was marked by a decline in political and civic…
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Tanzania lifts ban on political rallies

Tanzania lifts ban on political rallies

NUZULACK DAUSEN TANZANIA'S President Samia Suluhu Hassan lifted a ban on political rallies, six-and-a-half years after her predecessor John Magufuli imposed the measure which caused frequent run-ins between opposition leaders and police. Under the policy, which came into force in 2016, elected politicians were allowed to conduct rallies in their constituencies but other political rallies or protests were banned. "I am here to declare that the ban on political rallies has been lifted. It is the right of political parties to hold rallies but we all have responsibilities," Hassan told leaders of Tanzania's 19 registered political parties during a meeting…
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Tanzania’s president asks China to forgive some outstanding debts

Tanzania’s president asks China to forgive some outstanding debts

TANZANIAN President John Magufuli requested China to forgive some of the East African nation’s debts, including one incurred 50 years ago for the construction of a railway to neighbouring Zambia. The Tanzanian leader has in the past made the same request to other creditors. Last April, he asked international lenders like the World Bank to cancel debts to African nations, to give them fiscal room to battle the coronavirus. Magufuli said he had presented the request to visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, as the two witnessed the signing of a deal for the construction of a 341 km rail…
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Tanzania’s Hassan has put out positive signals: deeper change is yet to come

Tanzania’s Hassan has put out positive signals: deeper change is yet to come

AFTER the death of President John Magufuli on 17 March 2021, Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan became Tanzania’s sixth president and the first woman in the office. She may have been an “accidental president” but she seems to have set Tanzania on a change of course compared to the approach taken by her predecessor. Her government has enhanced diplomatic relations, approached the COVID-19 pandemic differently and increased the number of women in high political office. The extent to which this will bring institutional rather than merely rhetorical change is unclear. Detractors will point to her lack of commitment to broader constitutional…
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Magufuli hailed by African heads of states

Magufuli hailed by African heads of states

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER LOVED at home, criticised by the west and hailed by leaders some Africans states. That is the legacy of the late Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli who died six days ago from heart failure. There has been an overwhelming outpouring of public grief by thousands of emotional Tanzanians, who have lined the streets and filled stadiums where they went to view and pay their last respects to a president who was popularly known as “The Bulldozer”.  Magufuli has been labelled a COVID-19 denialist after he rejected measures such as lockdowns and instead called for prayers to deal…
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Tanzania’s new president pushes for unity, hope

Tanzania’s new president pushes for unity, hope

TANZANIA’S new President Samia Suluhu Hassan has pleaded for unity and no finger-pointing after the death of John Magufuli, her COVID-19 sceptic predecessor. Hassan urged the east African country to look forward with hope and confidence. Wearing a red hijab, she took her oath of office on the Koran in a ceremony at State House in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam. She is the first female head of state in the country of 58 million. Vice president since 2015, Hassan gave a brief and sombre address after she was sworn in, addressing a heavily male crowd that included two…
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History-making Tanzanian 1st female president sworn in

History-making Tanzanian 1st female president sworn in

HISTORY was made in Tanzania and East Africa today when Samia Suluhu Hassan was sworn in as the country’s first female president.  Hassan succeeded John Magufuli, who died two days ago. Hassan is regarded as a consensus-builder, a trait that may prove an asset in dealing with the various factions within the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party and security agencies following the announcement of Magufuli's death. "I don't speak in a forceful voice, like others," she told a BBC Swahili interview last year. "But to speak with someone in a way that they understand you, it's not necessary to…
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OBITUARY-Tanzania’s ‘Bulldozer’ president and a COVID-19 sceptic

OBITUARY-Tanzania’s ‘Bulldozer’ president and a COVID-19 sceptic

TANZANIA’S late President John Magufuli, was admired by followers for his hostility to corruption and waste but regarded by foes as an irascible authoritarian intolerant of dissent and sceptical about COVID-19. He was nicknamed "The Bulldozer" for his fondness for massive public works and a reputation for pushing through policies despite opposition - a hard-charging leadership style that won support from many Tanzanians. But he also attracted criticism at home and abroad for what opponents saw as his eccentric handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan announced that he had died of heart illness, days after officials…
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President of Tanzania John Magufuli dies

President of Tanzania John Magufuli dies

TANZANIA’S President John Pombe Magufuli has died. His death was disclosed tonight by Tanzania's Vice President Samia Sulhu Hassan in a special address on state television. Hassan said Magufuli succumbed to a heart disease.  The announcement came days after speculation grew that Magufuli, 61, a vocal COVID-19 sceptic, is ill with the coronavirus, though government officials had claimed that Magufuli was working normally and citizens should ignore rumours from outside the country. Hours before the announcement, Hassan, on a visit, had  said Magufuli had asked her to remind them to maintain peace and develop the region. "...I would like to…
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Tanzanians should be told about Magufuli’s health, opposition says

Tanzanians should be told about Magufuli’s health, opposition says

AN opposition leader says Tanzanians have become fearful due to lack of information about the health of President John Magufuli, who has not been seen in public for more than two weeks, and citizens had the right to know about his condition. Speculation in East Africa is rife that Magufuli, 61, a vocal COVID-19 sceptic, is ill with the virus, though his vice president said on Monday that the country was safe and citizens should ignore rumours from outside the country. "It is important for the government to inform the public about the president's health to reduce ongoing fear," Zitto…
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