Mia to represent Chakwera at Magufuli inauguration

President Lazarus Chakwera has delegated Transport and Public Works minister Sidik Mia to represent the country at the inauguration of President John Magufuli of Tanzania on Thursday.

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Mia is accompanied by Minister of Information Gospel Kazako.

University of Livingstonia political analyst George Phiri insisted that Chakwera should have delegated veep Chilima as the event was important to Malawians.

Phiri said, bearing in mind that Chakwera recently paid a visit to Tanzania, it would have made more sense if he or the vice were to go there.

“If they will just attend the event, then there is no problem. But if there will be some talks, then the President or the Vice could make decisions and not the ministers. So, I still think it is not necessary for the two ministers to go there at the expense of the President or his Vice,” Phiri said.

Magufuli won a controversial second term of office in an election the opposition say was highly rigged.

Tanzania sent a vice president during the inauguration of President Chakwera.

Magufuli, of the Chama Cha Mapinduzi party, had won 12.5m votes out of a total 15m votes. They said his main challenger, Tundu Lissu of the Chadema party, had secured 1.9m votes.

CCM party — a version of which has held power since independence from Britain in 1961 — was also on track for a parliamentary landslide and his candidate was declared the winner in the semi-autonomous Zanzibar region that has a history of contested votes.

Last week’s election was marred by opposition allegations that the vote was not free and fair following complaints of a crackdown.

“Democratic change is not possible in Tanzania under the current political and constitutional conditions,” Lissu said, adding he was calling for fresh elections.

He has called on the African Union observer mission in Tanzania headed by Goodluck Jonathan, the former president of Nigeria, “not to endorse the results of this sham” following internet and mobile phone blackouts.

Members of the electoral commission dismissed the allegations of fraud.

The US embassy in Dar es Salaam said that while the vote went peacefully, there were credible allegations of significant election-related fraud and intimidation.

Magufuli, known as the Bulldozer, was first elected in 2015 on a promise to tackle corruption, but has faced widespread criticism for clamping down on his critics.

Meanwhile, with Mia going to Magufuli inaguartion the ministry of Transport and Public Works has cancelled a meeting with Fuel Tankers Operators Association on Wednesday which the minister was supposed to chair.

The association members want the government to intervene for better contract pay outs.

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Opportunist
Opportunist
7 months ago

History repeating itself but one high price will be paid

Bwana Wa Ulesi
Bwana Wa Ulesi
7 months ago

Tili kuma Stands

Nangozo
Nangozo
7 months ago

Chakwera got to be very careful coz his vice has a brain that works

PHRIWAPHIRI
7 months ago

ixi a daily times of Zodiak sangatambasule bwino ; Ali nkhwapwa .CHILIMA START PLAN B THESE PEOPLE ARE PLAYING UNDERGROUND GAME KAYA ZAKO,TIONANA KU PHIRI LA DZUJE

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Top
7 months ago
Reply to  PHRIWAPHIRI

Chirima can’t contest even for the presidency in 2025. Constitution doesn’t allow. unless He goes for a review. zavuta basi

Shonai
7 months ago

Chiri kwa nzako Chigwire nyanga.Is Brian Banda available?He was talking too much on the same during Apeters time .

BigMan
BigMan
7 months ago

A nation and citizenry, obsessed with Trivia. You mean the president should only delegate his Vice? What a load of nonsense. SKC and LMC will be busy working together on reform issues this week and that is far more important to the country than who gets to eat snacks and watch Magufuli being sworn in for a couple of hours without a mask!

Let us learn to walk and chew gum at the same time.

Phwisa
Phwisa
7 months ago

Well done Chakwera. This is your Govt. MCP Govt ngakhale mwazindikira mochedwa. Atambala awiri salira khola limodzi

Mayamiko
Mayamiko
7 months ago

How could the state President delegate a minister? Where is the state Vice President? If the Vice President is engaged or too occupied where is the minister of Foreign Affairs?

Mazira
Mazira
7 months ago
Reply to  Mayamiko

The Minister of Foreign Affairs is in Israel

Tonse alliance
Tonse alliance
7 months ago

Mr chilima, unfortunately that’s the price you have to pay for the public lecturer. Next they will put you under house arrest and your done as a politician. Chilima you will realise that apm was the best president you served who used to send you to Zambia to represent him at Edgar lungus inauguration.

CITIZEN
CITIZEN
7 months ago

These are the kind of own goals the Tonse Alliance is inflicting upon itself, why delegate a minister to an occasion instead of the Vice President especially when TZ sent us their VP on a similar occasion only four months ago! This is coming barely a week after people question the last minute decision to attend the VP’s public lecture by the president. All this does is feed into the social media narrative that all is not well between the president and his vice. Am afraid Chakwera has missed a good opportunity to show the nation that the two are… Read more »

Kaude
Kaude
7 months ago
Reply to  CITIZEN

The de facto VP is Mia. He is the VP for the ruling party. Lets get this straight.

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