APM delegates Malawi VP Chilima to Tanzania inauguration of new President: Magufuli

Malawian Vice President Saulos Chilima will travel to Dar-Es-Salaam to attend President-elect John Pombe Magufuli’s inauguration on Wednesday in the Tanzanian capital.

Cordial: President Mutharika and vice president Chiima

Cordial: President Mutharika and vice president Chiima

President-elect John Pombe Magufuli

President-elect John Pombe Magufuli

Magufuli, a former chemistry teacher who celebrated his 56th birthday on Thursday as results were announced, ran on an anti-corruption platform, and secured a convincing victory over his closest rival, ex-prime minister Edward Lowassa, who won 40 per cent.

Chilima is also expected to deliver to the new Tanzanian leader a message from Prof Peter Mutharika, President  of the Republic of Malawi.

“The Vice President has been delegated by His Excellency President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika the swearing in ceremony at Uhuru Stadium in Dar-Es-Salaam on Thursday 5th November, 2015,” said press officer for the vice president, Pilirani Phiri in a media statement.

A large number of African and Western leaders are expected to attend the ceremony.

Phiri said Chilima will return same Thursday soon after the inauguration.

National Electoral Commission announced that Magufuli had won Sunday’s presidential elections with over 58 per cent of votes, cementing the long-running Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party’s decades-long grip on power.

His running mate Samia Suluhu Hassan, from the semi-autonomous Zanzibar archipelago, becomes Tanzania’s first ever female vice-president.

CCM or Revolutionary Party has been ruling Tanzania since 1961.

But the opposition claimed the vote was rigged and also claimed victory.

Magufuli succeeds outgoing Jakaya Kikwete who has served for two terms.

Kikwete, who said he would go to his home village of Msogo, dismissed a question as to whether he would miss the trappings of office.

“Why should I be sad? You see I’m so happy, I played my part,” AFP report quotes Kikwete, who said Magufuli was the “right person” for the job.

“I was given the opportunity, and for 10 years I worked to the best of my ability to build our nation,” he added.

“Time has now come for me to leave the country peacefully to the next leader.”

Kikwete’s standing down comes amid a wider controversy in Africa over efforts by leaders to change constitutions in a bid to stay in office.

Tanzania has a smooth transition. It was also peaceful when succeeded Benjamin Mkapa.

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mulamu pelekani@gmail.com
First Chilima will go and come back the same day. Good but if he was going to be a night /nights the allawance is too small and is not in dollars. Second APM saw it was cheap for him he does not want Shillings but dollars to put into his American bank. He sends his av favourities far so that they can get allowances. But Chilima is more intelligent that those dead brain cells he sends. Third I am sure he let Chilima go because people questioned whn he did not send VP to Indian. He has his advisors who… Read more »


Angoni apaphata

A saulosi. Military nazo nzeru. Mukatengera uchitsiru wa mutharika mugwa nazo.


will Nyasatimes please address the VP accordingly as Dr?


I for one don’t think this article is news worth. this is normal for the president to delegate his deputy, or is it from the background that the president rarely delegates to him???


He was supposed to go to India and not Tanzania. Shame to you DPP

Eye Witness

Palibe trip apa…going on Thursday and coming back the same day???? And angopita kukangokhala pa nsonkhanopo basi..koma ma trip oti azikapempha Ndalama amapititsa alomwe okhaokha kuti ma deal akabwera azidzapanga okhanso.

cimanga mfiti

koma nde sizathuzi ,mpaka kulumbila nduusiku, mabuluku mmanja olila ndi olila, kulilila ufumu wa pasi pano. kaziko kocepa conci koma zipani 1o. aneneri onyenga, zipwadza zoncokera ku amaleka. koma kuti awa sakangowayawaya awa ku southend????????????
ku educationa anangobwerako lelo kulilila mpando angoti napita kusogolo nabwerera , nanzikambe.
sopano mmati ife a mw ndi fwefwefwe, kunyoza omwe munawabera ma voti? pali ca nzeru a[pa ? kunyoza wammwambayo.
muzsazafe yowawa adha

Sothini MbwenuMbwenu

Quoted from Obama American President who said” If he wishes, can run for a Third Term and have Land slide Victory. But the Law does not allow.
Hear from Kikwete, I have ruled for two terms and see work of my hands.
Now am going home to rest.
Mpaka kumagwa pansi.
English Leadership seen, Ayi.??

cadet 1

Peter ndiwombwambwana

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