Uhuru assures Magufuli of Kenya’s continued support

By Samuel Ouma

President Uhuru Kenyatta with President Magufuli who is set for a second term of office

President Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed to continue working closely with Tanzanian president John Pombe Magufi’s administration.

In his congratulatory message to Magufuli following his re-election in the just concluded elections, Kenyatta said collaboration between Kenya and Tanzania would promote peace, stability, prosperity and growth in the East Africa region and Africa at large.

“On behalf of the People and the Government of the Republic of Kenya and my 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 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,” Kenyatta said in a statement sent to the press.

The Head of State stated that Magufuli’s re-election is a sign of the love, respect and admiration Tanzanians have for him and his administration.

Tanzania’s National Electoral Commission (NEC) on Friday declared Magufuli a winner in the presidential polls held on Wednesday, October 28 amid fraud claims.

According to NEC, the Chama Cha Mapinduzi candidate garnered 12,516,252 votes beating his closest rival Tundu Lissu who got 1,933,271 votes in an election that attracted 15 candidates.

Lissu had vowed not to accept the outcome claiming the elections were marred with arrests, restricted access to polling stations, multiple voting, pre-ticking of ballots and widespread blocking of social media.

“This is not an election at all. We do not accept, and do not agree, with any results coming from this process…the results should not be recognised by any country in the world, should not be recognised by the African Union and the Commonwealth,” Said Lissu.

Several groups such as the US government, election observers, and civil rights groups such as Tanzania Elections Watch Panel have expressed their doubts over the credibility of the polls.

“We call on all parties to refrain from violence and inciteful rhetoric over the coming days and urge authorities to respect the right of Tanzanians to peacefully protest and express themselves,” said the US ambassador to Tanzania Donald Wright. 

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