Don’t be complacent over President Hassan: Zitto

Saturday April 10 2021
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ACT-Wazalendo opposition party leader Zitto Kabwe speaks during an interview with Mwananchi Communication Limited (MCL) journalists at Tabata Relini in Dar es Salaam yesterday. PHOTO | SAID KHAMIS

By Jacob Mosenda

Dar es Salaam. ACT-Wazalendo leader Zitto Kabwe yesterday said that, since President Samia Suluhu Hassan took office on March 19 this year, Tanzanians have been overly optimistic. But, he warned that they can’t afford to be complacent.

The opposition politician also said that since the government of national unity was formed in Zanzibar after the 2020 General Election, he noted in his travels that the country had discovered a new hope.

‘Mama Samia’ was on March 19 this year sworn in as the sixth President of Tanzania following the death of President John Magufuli on March 17, 2021.

This meant that Ms Hassan, the first female President in the history of the country will serve the remaining period of the five-year term that began on November 5, 2020.

Shortly after her inauguration, President Hassan began with appointment of various leaders, making decisions that seemed to have touched people differently with many opining that it was a step to a new beginning.

A glimmer of hope shone through as she defended the business fraternity who had long lamented over abuses they suffered in the hands of the Taxman, but also she ordered lifting of ban on media outlets.


In an interview with Mwananchi Communications Limited journalists, Mr Kabwe said he believed that the new Head of State would be the answer to the cries of Tanzanians.

“I firmly believe that President Hassan will not water down the hopes which Tanzanians have in her. She will ensure that the hope translates to economic change and justice for the people,” said Mr Kabwe.

“For President Hassan, those who are passionate about big and strategic projects, those of us who want the country to run under justice and who want the economy of the individual citizens, the President has given assurance that she will ensure all are met,” added Mr Kabwe.

However, he warned Tanzanians not to be content, saying that it was still too early because there were no changes made to the existing laws to ascertain the President’s assurances.

“We still need a legal framework to deal with the current challenges instead of relying on the statement of the Head of State alone because it can be interpreted differently by diverse groups,” he said.

Mr Kabwe said: “There are still many things that need to be amended legally.”

According to him, Tanzanians should be proud of the smooth transition of power that has been demonstrated in the country.

“It is a transitional period in which we have passed constitutionally without any problem. Things like this in other countries are not possible,” he said. He said it was a matter of pride that “we can have a transition of power without any problems,” he commended the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces for upholding the Constitution.