John Magufuli: Hails Zim Transition, Invites Pres for State Visit

Harare - Tanzanian President Dr John Magufuli has given its full backing to the new Zimbabwe government and peaceful transition - and has invited President Mnangagwa for a State visit to his country.

The invitation was brought by Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) secretary-general Abdulrahman Kinana, who met President Mnangagwa recently. CCM is the ruling party in Tanzania.

Speaking after the meeting, Kinana foresaw a Zanu PF victory.  

“I brought a letter, a message of goodwill from the President and chairman of Chama Cha Mapinduzi, President John Magufuli, the people of Tanzania and members of CCM to His Excellency, President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Tanzania President 

“We have a historical relationship from the time of Chimurenga between Zanu-PF and CCM. As secretary-general I had a meeting with the Zanu-PF secretary for Administration (Obert Mpofu) yesterday (Tuesday) and today we had the privilege to meet the First Secretary of Zanu-PF.”

He commended Zimbabwe for an incident-free transition that led to the resignation of former President, Mr Robert Mugabe.

“We notice that you went through a transition. It was very peaceful and exemplary. It is something which has never happened in the world so we congratulated the people of Zimbabwe for that.”

He spoke on the forthcoming harmonised elections in Zimbabwe.  

“We know you have an election coming. The President has assured that the elections are going to be peaceful, free and fair to all the Zimbabweans and certainly Zimbabweans can express their views through the ballot and coming from Chama Cha Mapinduzi, I look forward to a Zanu-PF victory.”

Magufuli has been the President of Tanzania, in office since 2015.

First elected as a Member of Parliament in 1995, he served in the Cabinet of Tanzania as Deputy Minister of Works from 1995 to 2000. 

Running as the candidate of the ruling CCM, he won the October 2015 presidential election and was sworn in on 5 November 2015. Magufuli's presidency has been marked by a focus on reducing government corruption and spending.

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