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“At least for the time being. But eventually it will click in their minds!”
President Samia Suluhu Hassan, the first female Head of State in East Africa graced the International Women Day fete organized by members of the opposition party and admitted that few people will understand her.
“It will take time, but after positive results start showing, many will eventually get the idea,” she stated.
As the President of Tanzania, Samia Suluhu is automatically the Chairperson of the Ruling Party, the Chama Cha Mapinduzi, abbreviated as CCM.
But shortly after paying courtesy call at CCM offices in the Moshi Municipality of Kilimanjaro Region, the head of state proceeded to a special ‘Women Day Celebration’ gathering organized by the leading opposition group, the Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA).
Essentially Samia Suluhu is setting another history, exactly two years after going down on records as the first ever woman president in the Eastern African Region.
She ascended the throne in March 2021 following the sudden death of her predecessor, the late John Pombe Magufuli.
Previously Mama Samia was serving as the country’s first ever Vice President since 2015.
The sixth head of state is now championing the country’s unity and reconciliation among her top agendas.
Freeman Mbowe is the Chairperson of CHADEMA; he presented a special gift to Mama Samia, a heartfelt appreciation from members of the women wing of his party.
President Samia’s decision to plunge wholesale into cooperation with the opposition movements is being received by mixed feelings among some members of her ruling party CCM.
But as Mbowe also admits, even the opposition isn’t quite sure of the new developments.
However Mama Samia insists that even the naysayers will one day understand.
She scraped off political court cases facing Godbless Lema, one of the leading opposition figures and former Member of Parliament for Arusha Urban.
It is the reason why the outspoken politician who was in exile flew back home from Canada.
The other opposition leader who recently also returned to Tanzania from Exile in Belgium is Advocate Tundu Lissu, who was the presidential candidate for CHADEMA in the 2020 General Elections.
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