Samia warns of early 2025 campaigns for presidency


By Paul Owere

President Samia Suluhu Hassan rocked the political class with a warning against the first campaigns for the presidency in 2025.

President Samia, who succeeded the late President John Magufuli two weeks ago as the country’s chief executive, has told politicians eyeing the president’s seat to restrain their horses.

She said it was premature for anyone to show ambition to become president in 2025, warning that she would watch over them. The president did not name anyone in particular, but suggested that she was aware of the campaigns.

“Please stop,” she said during the swearing-in of the new ministers she appointed on Wednesday as she settles down as Tanzania’s first woman president. Samia was Vice President of Magufuli from November 2015 and assumed the post of President following the death of her boss on March 17, 2021.

Under the Constitution, President Samia would complete the recall of just over four years in office and be eligible for another five-year term in 2025 when Tanzania runs for office again. It was not immediately clear why President Samia gave the warning prominently and on live television.

“I know that during the second term of a presidency in Tanzania and perhaps elsewhere, politicians are scrambling for succession but I must warn you against the first campaigns for 2025,” President Samia said in her speech. brief speech at Chamwino State House in Dodoma.

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She said the time for campaigns will come and told those aspiring to the presidential seat to take it slow for now.

“Please stop… I’ll watch you,” she said, pointing out that some politicians usually lose the prize because of their bad history.

Since assuming the country’s highest political office, political analysts have stressed that President Samia should relinquish her authority and work hard to move away from the shadow of the former president who had a strong personality.

Analysts and discussions on social media have also been rife as to whether President Samia will stand for re-election in 2025.


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