In a statement issued in Dar es Salaam yesterday, former Speaker Anne Makinda said President Samia has gathered sufficient professional leadership experience from her predecessor John Pombe Magufuli who passed on Wednesday last week.
"President Magufuli trusted her and gave her some opportunities to represent him in different local and international meetings. We are very optimistic that she is going to take over from where president Magufuli ended, and make the country prosper in different aspects of development" she said.
The Executive Director of Tanzania Gender Networking Programme (TGNP) Lilian Liundi congratulated President Samia Suluhu Hassan as a strong women who can spearhead the country's development plan.
"We wish you all the best in your new daily responsibilities as president of the United Republic of Tanzania. We know you have undisputable leadership qualities that this country needs" she said.
Lilian who was recently recognized as an exemplary Gender Equality Activist, received an award for leading an institution which struggles to push forward gender equality agenda. She received the award on March 8, 2021.
It should be recalled that the nomination of Samia Hassan Suluhu as Vice President in 2015 moved women one step further into the highest office.
It was then that the ACT Wazalendo party fielded Anna Mghwira as its presidential candidate, defeating several men vying for the position.
In Tanzania, and especially in urban areas, many young people have been brought up by their mothers and especially their mothers, aunts or sisters taking on the responsibilities of upbringing and family leadership that were once the responsibilities of men.
"Even in the popular social networks of Tanzania where these new generation young people have been visiting; women activists online have also shown great courage and leadership to the extent of being an attraction for these young people" said Lilia.
Lilian said that Tanzanians are ready to be led by a female President because at first it is not very strange and in the last two decades - slowly, it was as if they were being prepared for this woman-led event.