My take on it: I’ve come to bury Magafuli and to praise him

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.” –Colossians 3:23-24

When Tanzanian President John Pombe Magafuli was elected as President of the East African coastal country Tanzania, his first actions caused me to leap out and said he should be named, elected, or elevated to the post of President of the United States of Africa. Six years down the road, re-elected.

Magafuli’s critics “did not see coming”: curing laziness and sloth in public service, defeating cartels of corruption, becoming a middle-income economy within a single presidential term, building infrastructural projects on time and within budget, and pursuing development projects and following failed prescriptions of foreign financial institutions.

Africa’s sixty-something iconic leader and hero, Tanzania President Magafuli died last week of heart disease, was buried on Monday amid mammoth wailing Tanzanians and his African fellow presidents from 12 states, including Malawi and Zambia. The mourners gathered along the streets where the motorcade carrying Magafuli’s remains traveled, and at the Jamhuri Stadium, they came to mourn a bulldozer extraordinaire. Magafuli accomplished as Tanzania’s leader in his six years in office more than others can in 49 years.

Malawi’s leader, President Lazarus Chakwera who is in-coming SADC Chairman, joined the mourners and in true form delivered a eulogy that straight took me to the Senate steps of the Rome funeral of Caesar by Mark Anthony. The only difference being, while Mark Anthony, perhaps out of fear for his life, starts his speech with the famous words: Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him,” the eulogy in essence actually does the opposite. Without accusing Caesar’s assassins, Mark Anthony winds up parading Caesar’s achievements and labeling the killing of his friend as a brutal murder and as patriotic.

At President Magafuli’s funeral, President Chakwera opens with the poignant heavy statement “166 days ago, President John Pombe Magufuli and I had dinner together at the State Residence in Dar es Salaam, but I did not know that it would be our last supper.”

He then moves to the line that like Itsanana (It’s an honor), caught fire, by saying he had come to mourn with Tanzanians the passing of “one of Africa’s finest sons because none of us saw it coming.”

The line “they did not see Magafuli coming” is used to powerful precision and poignantly outlining of Magafuli’s achievements, at how he fooled the world and thus making his death unsettling and “also what we found inspiring about his life.”

The itemized eulogy that has the world abuzz about Chakwera’s speech contains five things that Magafuli’s critics “did not see coming”: curing laziness and sloth in public service, defeating cartels of corruption, becoming a middle-income economy within a single presidential term, building infrastructural projects on time and within budget, and pursuing development projects and following failed prescriptions of foreign financial institutions.

Throwing stones at critics of the African continent in Mark Anthonian style, Chakwera states that “When they said African States cannot become middle-income economies within a single presidential term, they did not see Magufuli coming.” And to global institutions Chakwera, on praising Magafuli said “when they said the only way to pursue our development is to follow the failed prescriptions of foreign financial institutions that have left Africa more impoverished and in debt, than they found it, they did not see Magufuli coming.”

Magafuli, upon taking office vowed and showed himself to be a man of the people for the people and was often seen with the people in their environments. He is captured spending hours listening to ordinary village folk taking the microphone and pouring out their hearts on the hardships they are facing. In many cases, late President Magafuli issued directives to correct the social, economic, or other types of injustices.

Upon his death, the social media cataloged some of the achievements that his epitaph will include:

  1. Reformed the Mineral resource policy to involved local authorities in areas where mining was done and have shared with the international companies.
  2. Has left Tanzania with a new Airport.
  3. New Rail gauge way transport.
  4. Construction of the longest bridge in Africa from Dar to Zanzibar port.
  5. Left Tanzania with a national carrier after many years of no airline.
  6. Abolished spending on public holidays by the government.
  7. Banned all forex exchange shops and gave commercial banks the role to protect the dollar earned.
  8. Signed the UG Oil pipeline deal that was much expected to go towards Kenya.
  9. Numerous roads flyovers, with busways, cycling lanes, and road-user-friendly systems.
  10. Tarred 5500 km of roads to open up the country for business and tourism.
  11. Left Tanzania elevated to a second-class world economy.
  12. Chose Her Excellency Madame Samia Suluhu Hassan to be his running mate in the 2020 elections. She succeeds him to become a member of a slowly growing elite group of female leaders in Africa and the world.

Thus as we mourn the passing of Magafuli, we pause and celebrate again the elevation of a woman to the high seat of the Presidency, Her Excellency Madame Samia Suluhu Hassan, Muslim by faith. She is the 10th female president in Africa and one of only two current female African presidents.

The new Tanzanian leader, President Hassan recently has already had to say this to her critics: And let me add something…For those who are anxious about a woman is the president of the United Republic of Tanzania, I want to inform you that the person standing in front of you is the president (of the United Republic of Tanzania)!!

Tanzanians, joined by African countries and those in the Diaspora, in mourning the bulldozer extraordinaire. Indeed, we join President Chakwera in praying that “may his (President Magafuli’s) name be preserved in every Capital of Africa as a symbol of the kind of resolve that will create the Africa we want.”

RIGELP Jembe letu.

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Citizen
Citizen
21 days ago

Magufuli is a true African name, sounds almost like a Chichewa name that as an African in general (or Malawian in particular) you cannot mis-spell or mispronounce the name. Why then, I wonder, have you called him Magafuli throughout article as if you don’t know the correct spelling for the name?

Felix willick
Felix willick
23 days ago

Tanzania has shown to the world that Africa is indeed rich but the leader we vote for are poor in mind to materialise the necessity of it’s citizens coz magufuli was indeed partriotic and intergrity to his people and Tanzania as the whole not other leaders who always fought their black instead of fighting this white people who are still imposing so many things on us Africans just because they want to take away our minerals and others let’s stand up Africa and unite for our land

Chokwadu
Chokwadu
25 days ago

Tanzania and magufuli are the best example of good leadership. Osati izi tiludziwona kunoku. Kulemba ntchito achibale akumpingo ndi zitsiru za chipani komanso anthu oti anapuma.

Moses Katchola
Moses Katchola
25 days ago

Good write up but check your dates, he was buried yesterday Thursday not on Monday

Munthu
26 days ago

If we all followed the quotation at the beginning of your article, we wouldn’t need to borrow so much from the so-called developed countries. And if the borrowed money was used for what it was intended we would be well off as a nation. But we know that government monies are abused by officials, and Magufuli’s legacy is that he did not tolerate corruption or wasteful spending, as we saw in the DPP government of Peter Mutharika, in which a mere body guard could accumulate more wealth in months than a professional could in years. Some of the negative comments… Read more »

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
26 days ago

Only if he’d listened to Angel scientists about dangers of covid, the man would still be with us today. What a fool in that regard.

CULTURE
CULTURE
26 days ago

You are very dull. Was Mia putting on masks? But why did he die? Your president, Mr talk talk viewed the body of Mangufuli, is you president, Mr talk talk covid 19 positive or dead. You very dull.

Last edited 26 days ago by CULTURE
Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
25 days ago
Reply to  CULTURE

I am sorry but I don’t debate with DUNDERHEADS like yourself.

Ndafera Nkhande
Ndafera Nkhande
26 days ago

Surely we have to praise where there are tangible results despite our affinity. Magufuli loved his country and fellow citizens of all calibre.However in my country MALAWI what we hear of is family political parties sons following the foot steps of their fathers as this is a kingdom.We cannot develop when our ministers are involved in katangale in the construction industry. The very companies you blame to have done shoddy works are busy palm oiling them behind closed doors. God sees every thing even that which is underground.With Magufuli it was possible to excell because he feared God.Tikuonatu.

Bauleni
Bauleni
26 days ago

Magufuli this magufuli that, how about Sidik Mia? None seemed to care about him. Even his own president. What the hell is wrong with us Malawians? He was our kin, yet we chose and try to be clowns and make it seem like magufuli did anything for us as if we ate from his plate. Let us celebrate our own!! The guy didn’t even come to Chakwera or Muntharika’s inauguration yet we are licking from his corpses arse.

Joshua
Joshua
26 days ago
Reply to  Bauleni

Bauleni, I think you are a sparkling Idiot and a stupid fool. How dare you compare an Icon and a HERO to a nobody…..

Bauleni
Bauleni
26 days ago
Reply to  Joshua

Mr man, what has magufuli ever done for you??

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
26 days ago
Reply to  Bauleni

Mia was not president of a nation. Mind you, Tanzania lost government ministers too prior to Magufuli.

Bauleni
Bauleni
25 days ago

This same stupid magufuli was trying to steal our lake or have you forgotten?kupusa basi kuwombela mmanja mfiti.

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