Toronto, Canada based Ugandan consultant paediatrician and neonatologist based sees a similarity in FDC president, Mugisha Muntu, and newly elected Tanzania president, John Magufuli.
“I support JPM [John Pombe Magufuli],” Dr Muniini K. Mulera says, clarifying that Magufuli is the best thing that has happened to his political soul in a long time.
“The only other political leader in the region whom I consider an equal of JPM is Mugisha Muntu, president of FDC Uganda.”
Muniini warned that one day Ugandans will discover the great leader that is in their midst.
Muntu, now a Major General, served as the Commander of the Army, the highest position in the Ugandan military, from 1989 to 1998.
When the National Resistance Army was renamed the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF), General Muntu became Commander of the UPDF.
In 2008, he unsuccessfully contested for the FDC’s presidency, against Kizza Besigye.
He stood for the FDC presidential flag against Besigye but lost the election mid-this year.
He was elected as party president in 2012.
Muntu holds a soft approach to regime change as opposed to Besigye’s activism.
According to Muniini, is the other version of Magufuli, the most popular president in the East African region at the moment.
“But back to my man, JPM. He is doing exactly what a deeply corrupt country like Tanzania desperately needs.”
“My support for him is only tempered by my deep reservations about his evident disinterest in due process. Frankly I am very ambivalent about it at the moment.”
Muniini wonders with widespread corruption, does one wait for a potentially compromised judicial system to pronounce itself on a man in whose house one has found a stash of US dollars?
“Do you keep thieves and incompetents in their stations until you have given them letters of caution? I am eager to hear your take on JPM and his approach.”
Tribute to Magufuli
Rwakakamba Morrison, a Special Presidential Assistant – Research and Information at Government of Uganda – Office of the President, agrees that Magufuli’s magical start in Tanzania is exciting.
“He draws from Mwalimu Nyerere precedent. To prevail, he must pace his reform plan.”
However, Pan-Africanist, PN Ankunda, says it is still early to judge Magufuli, “let’s give him time for time is the judge who gives an explicit, accurate, timely and right judgement”.
Magufuli who has Bachelor of Science in education degree majoring in chemistry and mathematics.
He was first elected as a Member of Parliament in 1995, he served in the Cabinet of Tanzania as Deputy Minister of Works from 1995 to 2000, Minister of Works from 2000 to 2006, Minister of Lands and Human Settlement from 2006 to 2008, Minister of Livestock and Fisheries from 2008 to 2010, and as Minister of Works for a second time from 2010 to 2015.
Magufuli, according to Ankunda, is product of Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM)…he has not opposed it but has a different method of work.
He says Pombe’s policies once they become successful will set a precedent in the region.
“Reducing government expenditure, checking on service delivery, fighting corruption etc….. We have been intoxicated for years to a level of believing that some people are untouchable because of bonds they have with their parties or leaders albeit Pombe is trying to detoxify Africa… Magufuli now ushers in a new way or method of fighting corruption, reducing government expenditure…… To many of us, we might say Magufuli is cropping in darkness but to few of us (peace lover, good governance lovers, patriots & Pan Africanist) we pray that he becomes triumph for it can stimulate similar methods in whole of Africa.”