From an initial group of 38 aspirants, Hon John Pombe Joseph Magufuli has been nominated as the flag bearer for the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) in the forthcoming general elections in Tanzania. â€ª#â€ŽKaribuDodomaâ€¬
Hon Magufuli was last in Kenya when he joined mourners at the funeral of the late Fidel Castro Makarios Odinga aka Obange where he represented President Jakaya Kikwete at which time he delivered a moving eulogy to CORD Leader Raila Odinga who is also a personal friend to Magufuli.
In December 2012, he joined ODM delegates at Kasarani where he and Â former Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai endorsed Raila Odinga saying Kenyans are lucky to have a man of Odinga’s stature.
â€œNataka kuwaambia Wakenya kwamba Odinga ni mcha Mungu, mnatakiwa kujua hilo. Kama mimi ningekuwa Mkenya ningempigia huyu jamaa kura ili aongoze nchi. Lakini sasa kwa kuwa siruhusiwi hata kupiga kura, basi nawaambia msiache kumchagua huyu atawaongozeni vizuri.â€ he said, adding,Â â€œKwa hiyo nasimama hapa ndugu zangu wana ODM kuwapa pongezi kubwa sana, mmefanya kitu kikubwa sana kwa sababu mmechagua jembe.â€
As President, he may want to use his leverage to make it difficult for President Uhuru to rig the 2017 elections as he may refuse to recognize him, leading to a diplomatic stand-off. His nomination, which has made him the ‘ President desgnate’ ahead of the October polls, also comes at a time several countries in the East Africa region are set for the ballot in the new year before Kenya’s 2017 elections.
Museveni dislikes Maghufuli and Raila. A Maghufuli win is a geopolitical nightmare for Museveni and Jubilee. Around 2018, I see Ugandans being liberated, so we can have a uniformly liberated EAC region..
Hon Magufuli is the current minister for Roads (just like Raila, he understands that infrastructure expansion is the best way to create employment and streamline Agriculture related value chain in a country where Kilimo is the main economic activity.
With Museveni already pulling out Uhuru’s LAPSET project, Tanzania will likely be the biggest economy in East Africa in the next 10 years. With continued rape of public resources through shameless corruption like in NYS, Eurobond and KRA (evading of taxes) our Economy may take ages to catch up.
Here are some Photos of Hon Magufuli>>