The President and African Union (AU) Chairman, Cde Robert Mugabe has arrived in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where he joins other heads of state and government in witnessing the inauguration of Dr John Pombe Magufuli as Tanzania’s next president.
The president, whose delegation includes Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and Presidential Spokesman, Mr George Charamba, was met at the Julius Nyerere Airport by Tanzania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bernard Membe, Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to Tanzania, Rtd Brigadier General Edzai Chimonyo and embassy staff.
A ceremonial guard clad in red and black uniform was also there to welcome him.
Dr Magufuli of the Chama Cha Mapinduzi party garnered 8,882 million votes, which is equivalent to 58,46 percent of total votes cast.
His nearest rival Edward Lowassa of the Chadema, who headed a coalition of the opposition, collected 6,072million votes.
There were nine presidential candidates, but in reality it was a two-man race.
Magufuli’s running mates Amia Suluhu Hassan becomes Tanzania’s first vice president.
56-year old Magufuli is a graduate of chemistry from Dar es Salaam University.
He undertook his presidential campaign under the focus of fighting corruption and plea for unity among his countrymen.
He has served as Member of Parliament for the past 20 years representing his Chato constituency in the gold mining district of Geita in northwestern Tanzania near Lake Victoria.
Dr Magufuli becomes Tanzania’s 5th president after the founding father of Tanzania, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, Dr Ali Hassan Mwinyi, Dr Benjamin Mkapa and outgoing President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.