Newly re-elected Tanzania’s President, John Pombe Magufuli of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi party , was sworn in on Thursday the 5th of November 2020, to serve for a second five-year term.
Magufuli was declared the winner of the October 28 polls, after securing a huge victory against opposition leader Tundu Lissu of the Chadema party. Magufuli secured a total of 12.5 million votes which consisted 84% of the casted votes and a 97 percent of parliamentary seats.
Tundu Lissu got a total of 1.9 million votes which was 13% of the total casted votes. Tundu had however called for mass demonstrations against the results citing widespread irregularities in the October 28 polls .
Speaking in His inauguration , the President John Pombe Magufuli called for national unity and socialism.
“The biggest and most important task ahead for us all is to build the nation together. I assure Tanzanians that i will honour the oath , and implement what we promised to build the nation. I will work with you all.”
Pombe Magufuli is to be deputised by Mama Samia Suluhu Hassan as his Vice President.
In attendance were, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of East African Community and Regional Development Adan Mohammed and Interior CAS Hussein Dado.
Zanzibar’s President Hussein Ali Mwinyi and Former Presidents of Tanzania Ali Hassan Mwinyi and Jakaya Kikwete were also present.
Other delegates present were Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe, Alaine Bunyoni of Burundi , Slumber Tsogwane of Botswana and Carlos Agostinho do Rosario of Mozambique.
Magufuli’s second term will run from 2021 to 2025.
His inauguration happened in Dodoma , Tanzania’s capital city, in a ceremony that allowed few foreign media coverage.