Uhuru's Message to Magufuli After Controversial Election

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta shares a light moment with Tanzanian President John Magufuli during the commissioning of Southern Bypass at Ngong Road-Lenana Interchange in Nairobi. Kenya is fuming at her neighbours over cows, chicken and fish, 2019.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta shares a light moment with Tanzanian President John Magufuli during the commissioning of Southern Bypass at Ngong Road-Lenana Interchange in Nairobi in 2019
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  • President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday, October 31, congratulated his Tanzanian counterpart John Pombe Magufuli after his re-election in a highly contested election.

    In a statement sent to newsrooms, Uhuru stated that Magufuli's re-election demonstrated the deep love, confidence and trust Tanzanians had for his leadership.

    "On behalf of the People and the Government of the Republic of Kenya and on my own behalf, I congratulate you, my brother, Dr John Pombe Magufuli on your election victory and that of your party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi, in the just concluded election," Uhuru stated.

    "Your re-election is a demonstration of the love, respect and admiration Tanzanians have for you and your administration, and is an endorsement of your plans for the future prosperity of your country," he added.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) and Tanzania President Pombe Magufuli (right) enjoy a light moment after the former visited the later in Tanzania in July 2019
    President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) and Tanzania President Pombe Magufuli (right) enjoy a light moment after the former visited the later in Tanzania in July 2019
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    The Head of State vowed to continue working with the Magufuli administration in a bid to benefit both Kenyans and Tanzanians.

    The collaboration between the two nations, Uhuru stated, would help the  prosperity of the East Africa as well as promote peace, stability and growth of the African continent.

    In addition, Uhuru wished Magufuli good health and success as he settles into office for his second term and assured of Kenya's continued collaboration with his administration.

    “Your Excellency, as you settle down for your second term in office, I wish you good health and assure you of Kenya's support and commitment to continue partnering with your Administration in pursuit of mutually beneficial objectives," the President wished his Tanzanian counterpart.

    Uhuru did not comment on the allegations of fraud and state-sponsored violence against protesters that have emerged after the disputed election. 

    Magufuli won the elections with 12.5 million votes against his challenger Tundu Lissu of the Chadema party, who got 1.9 million votes.

    “The commission declares John Magufuli of CCM [Chama Cha Mapinduzi] who garnered the majority of votes as the winner in the presidential seat,” said commission chairman Semistocles Kaijage.

    The elections were marred by allegations of widespread electoral irregularities including violence against opposition candidates and rigging

    Several groups including; the US government, election observers, and civil rights groups such as Tanzania Elections Watch Panel, have expressed their concern over the conduct of the elections.

    Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has also congratulated Magufuli on his re-election. 

    File image of President John Pombe Magufuli (Tanzania)
    File image of President John Pombe Magufuli (Tanzania)
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