24 September, 2007

Jakaya Kikwete

"President Jakaya Kikwete, the latest addition to a growing list of Tanzania’s admirable statesmen, has just done that. His apprenticeship spanned two decades with tutelage under three heads of state, among them Julius Nyerere.
It is coincidental that when Kikwete was retiring from active military service and exchanging his military uniform for civilian political outfit, a guerrilla fighter was on the verge of shooting his way to State House in Uganda.

Now, 20 years later, two presidents have retired in Tanzania and a third one elected with the biggest majority in East Africa’s election history; nine million votes! And as we witnessed this democracy at its best, attended by the highest number of Heads of State in Africa, fifteen in all, Museveni who took power at the time of Kikwete’s induction was still clinging to power beyond his sell-by-date." Ippmedia

More on Kikwete: Jakayakikwete.com, Wikipedia, Google News, GoogleBooks, Google Scholar

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