Tanzania's President Magufuli takes oath of office

Thursday November 05 2020
John Magufuli.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By The EastAfrican

Tanzanian President John Magufuli was sworn in Thursday for his second term in office in a packed stadium in Dodoma.

The National Electoral Commission (NEC) declared Mr Magufuli winner of the October 28 general election, after garnering 12.5 million votes representing 84.4 per cent of the total votes cast.

The president took his oath before Chief Justice Prof Ibrahim Juma at Jamhuri Stadium.

After signing his oath, he was handed the Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania and was later given a spear and shield as symbols of leadership and head of the armed forces.

Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe and Azali Assoumani of Comoros were at the ceremony. Kenya sent its Cabinet Secretary for East African Community Adan Mohammed.