Alongside influential Nigerian cleric T.B. Joshua, eight African heads of state are expected to attend tomorrow’s swearing-in ceremony of Dr John Pombe Magufuli as Tanzania’s fifth President.

According to the ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the chairman of African Union (AU) and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe will lead the list of dignitaries at the ceremony.

The Zimbabwean leader has already arrived in the country in preparation for the event at the Uhuru Stadium. Other presidents in the list are Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta and DRC’s Joseph Kabila. President Edgar Lungu of Zambia, Jacob Zuma from South Africa and Mozambique’s Filipe Jacinto Nyusi are also expected to attend.

Malawi will be represented in the ceremony by Vice President Mr Saulos Chilima, Namibia by the country’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah while China will dispatch the Deputy Chairman of the ruling socialist party.

The ministry indicated that a total of 18 other countries by yesterday evening had confirmed their participation in the event and would be presented either by their top government officials or their respective ambassadors/high commissioners in the country.

This category includes Burundi, Comoro, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Norway, Oman, South Sudan, Sweden, UAE, US, UK, Seychelles, Swaziland, Algeria, Egypt, Benin, Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Ghana, India, Japan, Kuwait, the Netherlands and Nigeria.

Leaders and representatives of international and regional organizations from UN, European Union (EU), African Union (AU), South African Development Cooperation (Sadc) and International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) will also be in attendance.

Tanzanian media went agog when renowned Nigerian preacher and founder of the Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), T.B. Joshua, jetted into the country yesterday, personally welcomed at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) by President-elect Magufuli. Joshua later paid a visit to President Kikwete at State House and opposition leader Edward Lowassa at his home.

SOURCE: The Citizen, Tanzania -



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