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President John Magufuli a no-show at Uhuru Kenyatta’s inauguration

Tanzanian president, John Pombe Magufuli gave President Uhuru Kenyatta’s inauguration ceremony a wide berth despite confirming his attendance last week.

President Magufuli changed his mind at the last minute and instead decided to send his Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan. No explanation was given from his office.

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Magufuli is a close friend of National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga who termed Uhuru Kenyatta’s  second term in office a mere coronation.

Raila Odinga and President Magufuli during Raila’s recent visit to Zanzibar | PHOTO COURTESY

Mr Odinga had earlier promised ,if he won the elections,for smooth movement across the Kenya-Tanzania border because he and President Magufuli are friends.

The former Prime Minister was referring to the current situation at the border town, where Kenyans were being evicted out of Tanzania for lack of work permits.

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His predecessor Jakaya Kikwete also was a no-show but sent congratulatory message through his Twitter handle;


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