Samia praises JPM, says country is safe

20Mar 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Samia praises JPM, says country is safe

PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan yesterday said that her predecessor John Magufuli was a hands-on leader who never tired of elaborating his vision for the country to those he worked closely with.

Chief Justice Prof Ibrahim Hamis Juma (R) swears in former Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan as President of the United Republic of Tanzania at State House in Dar es Salaam yesterday. Related photos on Page 4. Photo: State House

Speaking shortly after taking the oath of office at the State Housein  Dar es Salaam, Samia who became the first female president in Tanzania and East Africa, said she was ready for the task.

“He taught and mentored me enough,” she said.

However, the former Vice President who worked with the late Magufuli since 2015 acknowledged that the task ahead of her was not a walk in the park given the many responsibilities of the president.

Terming her oath of office “overwhelming,” the president said it was like no other she has ever taken in her life.

“I’ve taken a number of oaths of office before and in all of those I was in a celebratory mood. This one is different,” she said.

President Suluhu took the oath of office at around 10:15am administered by Chief Justice Prof Ibrahim Juma.

She later received a 21 gun salute before inspecting a guard of honour of the Tanzania People's Defense Forces (TPDF).

In her remarks after that, she said the nation was safe, underlining that this was a time for Tanzanians to look at the future with hope.

“This is the time to bury our differences, to join hands and show love. This is not the time to worry but to look at the future with hope, it is not the time to point fingers, it is time to hold hands and move forward,” she said.

President Samia assured the nation that the country was safe and that it will come out strong in this tragedy.

“We are strong as a nation, therefore we are ready. We have a vast treasure of leaders in the country, so nothing will go wrong,” she said.

She described the late president Magufuli as a true statesman, a great leader who loved his country and used most of his time to ensure Tanzania moved forward.

President Magufuli always worked on developing strategies on how to work on big projects to take the country out of poverty, she said, tanking opposition parties for the support they offered her and their messages after announcing the death of DrMagufuli.

The event was attended by top national leadership including Zanzibar President Dr Hussein Mwinyi, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, Speaker of the National Assembly Job Ndugai and heads of the security forces and the Judiciary.

President Magufuli died on Wednesday at Mzena Hospital in Dar es Salaam aged 61, with a series of  funeral ceremonies laid out until the proper burial is conducted on Thursday next week at his home village of Milimani, Chato district of Geita region.

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