Garissa Governor Ali Korane expressed his earnest willingness to support him as he starts to execute his mandate to represent Garissa at the Senate and to protect the interests of the counties as envisaged in Art. 96 CoK.
He previously served as Acting Commissioner General of the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA); Executive Secretary in the President’s Office (Planning Commission); Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs as well as Personal Assistant to the President (Economic Affairs).
The by-election was defined by low vote turnout for a better part of the day. The poll stations and officials remained idle with most polling stations reporting a turnout of less than 15% by 1pm.
ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi, eulogized Magufuli and wished the Tanzania Constitution guides Tanzania through a smooth transition as they celebrate his legacy anchored on the war against corruption and strengthening of the economy.
If he has died of Covid-19 related complication, it will be an irony of sorts as President Magufuli was among few national leaders who downplayed the Coronavirus threat and declined to apply lockdowns to slow down infections. He advocated for home remedies and steaming saying Covid-19 was a Western conspiracy and the vaccines were dangerous. “Let’s not panic,” he said at the heat of Covid-19 outbreak in East Africa as Kenya and Uganda imposed curfews and lockdowns. “Let’s continue working. Production should double.”
Kenyans have expressed conflicted feelings toward the administering of vaccines and have relayed their concerns to governors who have in turn put the President on the spot. Governors implored President Uhuru Kenyatta and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga to receive the jab publicly to eliminate fears.
Sakaja who is born and raised in Nairobi requested residents to give him the opportunity to serve them in the position of governor. He stated that he would implement great changes in the city that would create opportunities to eliminate urban poverty rampant in many estates of Nairobi.