Monday, 22nd March 2021, will be remembered in African history as the day when African leaders converged in Dodoma, Tanzania to pay their last respects and tribute to the departed soul of the legend and icon of Africa, Dr. John Joseph Pombe Magufuli who died on 17th March 2021.
African leaders came out after dragging their heads in the sand producing and giving brilliant speeches as if they were together with Magufuli in the Magulification of Africa earning international praises that another Magufuli would be coming.
Out of the brilliant speeches, Malawi’s President, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, stole the hearts of many and was featured highly on the BBC and some Tanzanians suggested that the speech be circulated across African cities.
…”To those of us who had the privilege of knowing the unpredictable Magufuli the example of his life of service shall ever and forever do launching pad of our own, they didn’t see Magufuli coming…” reads an extract from Chakwera’s moving speech.
Muvi wa Chilungamo has described the brilliant speeches made in Tanzania by African leaders as crocodile tears, saying they left Magufuli alone in the Magulification of Tanzania and Africa while they sided with neo-colonialists for money.
Its Commander in Chief, Bantu Saunders Jumah says it would have been better for the leaders to converge in Tanzania to mourn Magufuli rather than making brilliant speeches saying in their countries, people are suffering with foreign influences and policies, corruption is rampant, western money has made the public to lose trust with their governments.
…”Magufuli was conceived by a mother of Tanzania, he had patriotism and special love for his country, he was called dictator by neo-colonialists as he did not allow their influence in Tanzania, no African leader stood with him, no wonder Magufuli has changed the image of Tanzania,’’…says Jumah.
He says in five and quarter years, Tanzania has changed into a middle-income economy country, development spreading all over a country that covers 900,000 square kilometers, while Malawi is still undeveloped adding Malawians are a shame to the world.
The Commander in Chief says Magufuli has lessened poverty in his country, for the few years he ruled Tanzania. There are bullet trains as those of Libya whereby Malawi has for six years graduated only in corruption and public theft, one region, one tribe, enjoying the fruits of the country.
Jumah says Samora Machel, Thomas Sankala, Muammar Gadaffi were killed because some African leaders sided with the colonizers for money to enrich themselves and not their countries. They did not see Magufuli coming and today, Magufuli is gone. Who amongst the current crop of African leaders will become an icon of Africa for the coming generations to write about in the history of Africa?
He is calling upon African leaders of today to stand up as Magufuli did alone. He did not want neo-colonialists to rule over the people of Tanzania and he used whatever budget was made available for the good of Tanzania, in five and quarter years of his presidency, Magufuli has implemented development projects which could have been done in 60 years.
By Vincent Gunde