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Tearful Magufuli Hails Mkapa as Father of Tanzania’s Democracy

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Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli shed tears as he eulogised departed former president, Benjamin Mkapa.

“Without Mzee Mkapa, I probably would not be here where I am,” said Magufuli as he wiped away his tears with a hankie.

“Suffice it to say Mkapa is my hero, even when I was in trouble or dealing with many challenges, Mzee Mkapa never left me. He did not want me to fall, he raised me as his child,” Magufuli mourned the deceased.

The president spoke Tuesday at the funeral of Mkapa at the national stadium in Dar es Salaam.

“Sometimes tears just come,” wept Magufuli at the sombre ceremony graced by former leader Jakaya Kikwete, senior government officials, top dignitaries and wanaichi.

“But even Kikwete (Jakaya), I saw him crying. So don’t be surprised. And Kikwete is a Colonel but he shed tears.”

President Mkapa was a signatory to the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community on November 30, 1999 alongside the late President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi (Kenya) and President Museveni.

The departed Head of State also signed the EAC Customs Union Protocol in Arusha alongside President Moi and President Museveni on March 2, 2004.

The Customs Union Protocol, which took effect on January 1, 2005 and became fully fledged on January 1, 2010 resulted in significant increases in the volumes of intra-regional trade in East Africa.

Mkapa was part of the African Union Panel of Eminent African Persons who mediated in the 2008 post-election dispute in Kenya that resulted in the formation of a Grand Coalition Government that brought peace and stability to the country.

Addressing thousands of mourners today, Magufuli said he “had the opportunity to speak to Mzee Mkapa by phone at the hospital, just hours before he died. I remember when I spoke to him he told me ‘John don’t worry I’m fine’, I didn’t know if those words were to say goodbye’”. said Magufuli.

The President also announced the change of Uhuru National Stadium’s name to ‘Benjamin Mkapa Stadium’ as one of the ways of paying tribute to the late Mkapa.

The president said he had seen a lot of comments from people wanting the stadium to be named after Mkapa and he agreed.

“Mzee Mkapa has passed away just eight months after launching his book, ‘My Life, My purpose’ on 12 November 2019, in which he has described in great detail the history of his life,” recalled Magufuli.

He also hailed Mkapa for entrenching the culture of democracy in Tanzania.

“Mzee Mkapa was first elected to lead our country in 1995 in the first multi-party elections. This means that Mzee Mkapa is the father of democracy in the country,” said Magufuli.

The East African Community (EAC) hailed Mkapa as a “dedicated Pan-Africanist who was committed to regional integration and South-South cooperation, in addition to mediating in armed conflicts and political disputes in various African countries, where he championed African solutions to African problems.”

Mkapa, who died at the age of 81, will be buried on July 29 in his native village of Lupaso in Masasi district in Mtwara region.



Source – chimpreports.com

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Muntu Blocked in Kamwenge

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Alliance for National Transformation presidential candidate Gen. Mugisha Muntu has been blocked from campaigning in Kamwenge according to a statement he released earlier today.Below is the full statement:

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Today in Kamwenge, as we have done since the start of the campaign season, we headed out to speak with the people. We had earlier in the week agreed on the venue with security agencies. No one had anticipated that it would rain as much as it did, making it impossible for us or the people to access.

After identifying an alternative place only 100m away from the original venue, negotiating with the owner and communicating the same to the public, we headed to the second venue only to be stopped by police.

Our policy has always been to do all we can to be reasonable, even in the face of unreasonable action on the part of the state. We engaged the police leadership in a civilized, respectable manner well knowing that they intended to not only frustrate us, but cause us to act in ways that would give them an excuse to cause chaos. This was on top of their intimidating the radio we had booked and duly paid to appear on.

While we are confident that we are on the right side of both the law and reason, we have chosen not to endanger the lives of our supporters or the general public by escalating the situation. We will do everything humanly possible to avoid a single life being lost or blood being shed on account of our campaign.

And yet this truth remains: the regime’s days are numbered.

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Is Johnson Byabashaija courting Enid Kukunda for protection?

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The very amiable Commissioner General of Prisons Canon Johnson Byabashaija was recently sighted with President Y K Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s second wife Enid Kukunda as the two had a very secretive meeting in one of the city hangouts.

According to our informers, the two seem to be in a deep conversation that they wouldn’t allow a housefly pass around. However, sources further reveal that Byabashaija could have courted the second lady for protection given that he has amassed a lot of wealth and could be a subject of investigations.

Our sources reveal that Byabashaija who carries himself as Mr.I know it all hasn’t met Madam Enid alone but a host of others with connections to the centre of power in the country.

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Bobi Wine released on Bail

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Presidential candidate and kyadondo East legislator Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu has been realeased on bail by the Iganga magistrates court where he appeared to defend himself against accusations of flouting COVID-19 campaign SOPs. A defiant Kyagulanyi took the opportunity to blast the incumbent Yoweri Museveni, whom he accuses of using state power to quell dissident.

This follows a tense week that has seen thousands injured and several dead following Hon. Kyagulanyi’s arrest earlier this week. Demonstrations and riots erupted in many parts of the country and heavy police and army deployment was seen all over the country.

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