Pundits predict brighter future

POLITICAL pundits are considering President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s first two years in office as a testimony to her capacity to steer the country to greater heights in all aspects of development.

The analysts equally commended Dr Samia’s continued efforts to uplift the country through various development programmes, as well as creating a conducive environment for business and investments.

Speaking to the ‘Daily News’ separately, the pundits describe the Zanzibar-born leader as a person, who exemplifies true leadership traits, having learnt the ropes from her predecessors.

The pundits called upon Tanzanians to support the Head of State’s vision of opening up the country in all aspects as well as fueling development at individual and national level.

Chairperson of the political party’s council, Juma Ali Khatibu said President Samia’s move needs to be supported by all Tanzanians regardless of their political affiliations.

Mr Khatibu who is the Chairperson of ADA-TADEA party, also called for political parties to conduct civilised rallies and adhere to the laws of the land.

“I’m optimistic that President Samia will continue to register remarkable achievements and will always set an undeniable leadership mark,” he explained.

For her part, the Coordinator of the Counseling Unit at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), Dr Bernadetha Rushahu, commented that as President Samia marks two years in office, women have been proud to have her in a high leadership role in the country.

“We are also proud of her decision to enhance democracy in the country. Despite the differences in ideologies, we were delighted to see her attending the Internation Women’s Day commemoration organised by Chadema women’s wing (BAWACHA).

This demonstrates her tenacity and political maturity over the past two years,” said Dr Rushahu, adding that Dr Samia’s second year at State House has already proved that she is an exemplary leader with combined experience in various governance cycles.

President Samia who was sworn in as Tanzania’s Sixth Head of State on March 19th, 2021 has also played a vital role in opening up the country in the international arenas as a result of the current influx of tourists and foreign investors.

Apart from her efforts on opening up the country, President Samia has also been praised for the initiatives of creating national peace, unity and consensus with commentators hailing the Head of State has setting a living legacy within a short time of her service.

Speaking at the State House in Dar es Salaam, some spiritual leaders described President Samia as an attentive, visionary and development-driven leader.

“We pray that she continues to do it the same way. We call her mother and the mother is always right regardless of what,” the Head of the Hindu Community in Tanzania, Mr Sanjay Hoza, remarked, adding; “The most exemplary thing she has done is to reach out, listen and implement things the right way. She has indeed lifted the country.”

The Bishop of Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT), Karagwe Diocese, Dr Benson Bagonza, commented that the list of achievements recorded by the government under President Samia is far longer than the year of her presidency.

Tanzania’s Chief Sheikh, Mufti Abubakar Zubeiry bin Ally, pointed on how the Head of State has managed to demonstrate her patriotism and brilliance within a short period of time of her presidency.

“We pray that she carries on with serving Tanzanians for the interests of the country. She has set out a new vision and direction of where the country is heading to,” the Mufti declared.

For his part, an economist-cum-banker Dr Hilderbrand Shayo   said President Samia’s integrity and tenacity in serving Tanzanians and continuing to uphold national firmness, traditions, and customs is crystal clear that Tanzania and its people are in safe hands to someone who truly know the task ahead.

“Her resilience, strength and toughness although in a motherly look  on critical matters and determination to serve Tanzanians as chairperson of the ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), no doubt, the success of one year as sitting president is a sign that not only many good things are coming but continued support, each playing his or her part,” he said.

He also acknowledged the achievements that have been realized both locally and internationally.

Dr Samia took oath of office on March 19th, 2021 following the death of her predecessor, the late Dr John Magufuli, who passed while receiving treatment at the Emilio Mzena Memorial Hospital in Dar es Salaam.

During her first national address shortly after she was sworn-in, President Samia pledged to carry on development programmes and open up the country by promoting economic diplomacy through multilateralism.

Indeed, President Samia hit the ground running and opened up the country, which is currently seeing a flurry of investments in the country.

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