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Hongera, President Museveni Tells Magufuli Following His Resounding Victory

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President Magufuli of Tanzania (L) and President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda (R). Photo courtesy: The Citizen Tanzania

Kampala, Uganda – President Yoweri Museveni on Saturday sent a congratulation message to his Tanzanian counterpart John Pombe Magufuli following his landslide win in just concluded General elections.

Through his official Twitter handle, President Museveni said, “Congratulations to His Excellency @MagufuliJP  and Chama Cha Mapinduzi Party on the resounding victory in the just-concluded elections. 

He added, “Uganda looks forward to working even more closely with you and the people of Tanzania to deepen our social, economic and political ties. Hongera!”

The incumbent, John Pombe Magufuli was declared the winner of Wednesday’s election with 12.51 million votes against 1.93 million for his primary challenger, Tundu Lissu from leading opposition Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo.

The National Electoral Commission chairman, Mr Semistocles Kaijage declared the incumbent as the winner for the fiercely contested elections.

“The commission declares John Magufuli of CCM (Chama Cha Mapinduzi) who garnered the majority of votes as the winner in the presidential seat,” said Semistocles Kaijage.

Tundu Lissu already denounced the results terming it as a fraud. He has asked his supporters to protest peacefully. 

As congratulation messages continued to trickle in from across the world, the United States, on Friday said they were deeply concerned about reports of systematic interference in the democratic process. They will also review credible allegations on the use of force against unarmed civilians.