PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says Zambia has a lot to learn from the recent elections and power transition in Tanzania.
President Lungu pointed out that the Patriotic Front has learnt how to handle intra-party democracy as seen in the Tanzanian ruling party Chama cha Mapinduzi.
He, however, noted that there will always be people that do not want to accept the decisions of the party and end up falling out.
The Head of State said that the Chama Cha Mapinduzi party has won elections in an credible manner.
And President Lungu says Zambia and Tanzania will continue to strengthen bilateral ties for the benefit of the two countries.
The Head of State was speaking at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport upon arrival from Dar es Salaam where he witnessed the inauguration of Dr Magufuli as that country’s new president.
Meanwhile, ZNBC’s Yotum Mugala reports that President Lungu was among several African heads of state and government who witnessed the inauguration of Tanzania’s fifth President John Magufuli.
Tanzania Chief Justice Chande Othman swore in Dr Magufuli around 10:30 hrs local time amid jubilation from people in a fully parked Uhuru Stadium.
And Ms Samia Hassan has been sworn in as Vice President of the Union of Tanzania and Zanzibar.
Ms Hassan becomes the first female Vice President of Tanzania since its independence in 1961.
President Lungu arrived at Julius Nyerere International airport in Dar-Es-Salaam at 09:55 local time
and was received by Foreign Affairs minister, Benard Membe, together with the Zambian delegation led by Foreign Affairs minister
And Zambia’s High Commissioner to Tanzania Judith Kapijimpanga said President Lungu’s visit to Tanzania was critical to the country’s economic interests in Tanzania.
Mrs. Kapijimpanga said Zambia has economic interests in Tanzania because of the Tanzania-Zambia Railways -TAZARA-, Tanzania-Zambia oil pipeline-TAZAMA- and the Ministry of Finance Economic Development -MOFED.
She said the President is also fulfilling the reciprocal visit made by outgoing Tanzanian President, Jakaya Kikwete who visited Zambia early this year. And before departure for Tanzania, President Lungu said he is happy that Tanzania has continued to practice democracy.
President Lungu said he is confident that the new Tanzanian President will not fail with the support he has from the people.
And ZNBC’s Yotamu Mugala reports that Dr Magufuli has been sworn in as Tanzania’s fifth union President. Tanzania Chief Justice Chande Othman swore in Dr Magufuli around 10:30 Hours local time amid jubilation from people in a fully parked Uhuru stadium.
And Samia Hassan has also been sworn in as Vice President of the Union of Tanzania. Ms Hassan becomes the first female Vice President of Tanzania since its independence in 1961.
Meanwhile, President Magufuli in his maiden speech implored all Tanzanians to bury their political differences. Dr Magufuli says there can only be one President at a time and that it is time to work for Tanzania’s development. The Tanzanian leader is also hopeful that political tension in Zanzibar will be quickly resolved for the United Tanzania to forge ahead.
Dr Magufuli, popularly known as ‘‘Bulldozer’’ because of his hard work and fight against corruption, takes over from Jakaya Kikwete.