Tanzania swears in Samia Suluhu as new president after death of Magufuli


Samia Suluhu Hassan has been sworn in as president of Tanzania on Friday (March 19, 2021) following the death of John Magufuli.

Dressed in a black suit and red headscarf, Hassan took her oath in front of dignitaries at a ceremony held in Dar es Salaam.

In her first speech as president of Tanzania, Hassan announced 21 days of mourning for Magufuli and public holidays on March 22 and on March 25, the day the late president will be buried.


Speech of unity

In her inaugural speech, she said that it is time to unite as citizens to build the new Tanzania President Magufuli aspired to.

“It’s not a good day for me to talk to you because I have a wound in my heart. Today I have taken an oath different from the rest that I have taken in my career. Those were taken in happiness. Today I took the highest oath of office in mourning.”

“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. It is not the time to point fingers at each other but to hold hands and move forward to build the new Tanzania that President Magufuli aspired to,” she said, amid opposition claims about the cause of Magufuli’s death.

Hassan is described as a soft-spoken consensus builder. Most citizens believe she will be a better president to lead the country better than some of her predecessors.

She said that Magufuli “who always liked teaching” had prepared her for the task ahead and “nothing shall go wrong.”

Magufuli named Hassan his running mate in the 2015 presidential campaign. She has a political career spanning over 20-years. She is a stalwart in the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM).

After the first tenure, the pair was re-elected in October last year in a disputed poll marred by allegations of irregularities.


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