Dr John Magufuli has officially received the General Election winner’s certificate for the presidency of Tanzania at a Friday ceremony in Dar es Salaam.
NEC chairman Damian Lubuva handed the certificate to Dr Magufuli and his running mate Ms Samia Suluhu Hassan who is destined to be the first woman vice-president of Tanzania.
The ceremony was attended by top government leaders led by President Jakaya Kikwete, Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda and scores of foreign dignitaries, including the Commonwealth election observer team leader and former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan as well as Armando Guebuza of Mozambique.
The main opposition challenger for the race Edward Lowassa who has disputed the election outcome did not attend the function but other candidates from small parties were in attendance.
Dr Magufuli won the tight race with 8.8 million votes, beating his closest rival Mr Lowassa with a margin of 2.8 million votes.
Speaking on behalf of the opposition, Anna Mghwira of ACT-Wazalendo accepted the victory of Dr Magufuli and challenged him to implement the ‘change’ mantra which was used by political parties during the campaigns.
“I beg the president-elect to implement ‘change’ which is the desire of all Tanzanians,” she urged.
“The first change is to bring us a new constitution which will be the product of the people’s opinions and other significant changes will follow,” said Mghwira.
According to Ms Mghwira, Dr Magufuli has to strengthen national unity, promote gender equality, and improve the economy and fight poverty.
SOURCE: AFRICA REVIEW