The Director of Presidential Communications, Gerson Msigwa said in a statement yesterday that the retired president paid a courtesy call at the State House in Dar es Salaam to wish her well and encourage her in executing her responsibilities as Head of State.
The statement cited remarks from the retired president that President Samia has made a good start, appealing to Tanzanians to support the president in maintaining peace, solidarity and push forward the wheel of development.
“She has started well. Had it been a song I would have said ‘once more’! She has just started well and everybody is pleased. Tanzanians are pouring compliments on her saying she is a good leader.”
“The late President John Magufuli did a lot of good work for us, but he suddenly left and leadership responsibilities were entrusted to Samia,” he said, noting that the country also expects the new president to have her own orientation in leadership, while working to accomplish unfinished projects initiated by her predecessor.
“There are things the former leader had started and are liked by the people. Tanzanians insist on President Samia to accomplish them. Be calm, they will all be implemented,” Mwinyi declared.
Samia served as Vice President in the first term of the fifth phase government under the late President Magufuli. She was sworn-in as the Union President on March 19 as sixth president, following the death of Dr Magufuli two days earlier due to heart complications.
Samia becomes the first female president in Tanzania and the entire East African region, expected to serve to the end of the current elected term of Parliament, starting from November 5, 2020.
Speaking after her swearing in at the State House in Dar es Salaam, the president said it is not the time to point fingers at one another but to hold hands and move forward to build the new Tanzania,” referring to aspirations of the late Dr Magufuli.
She said that the late president always liked teaching, and had prepared her for the tasks ahead. “Nothing shall go wrong,” she said, urging the breadth of the political leadership to work to unite the nation.
“This is the time to stand together and get connected. It’s time to bury our differences, show love to one another and look forward with confidence,” the president had declared.