Tanzania President, Jakaya Kikwete, has announced that he is already too “stressed” to continue bearing the burden of presidency.
Kikwete, according to The Citizen Tanzania, was speaking at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars in Washington DC on Friday.
“Two terms are enough,” he is quoted as saying.
He added: “After 10 years, you need to move on. It’s been 10 years since I came to this high profile office. I was very young, just 55. But what I can tell you about this job is that it is stressful and thankless.”
In his speech, President Kikwete, whose second and final five-year term ends this October, reflected on his accomplishments, some of the key challenges he has faced and lessons learned during a decade at the helm.
“When I look back to 2005, when I assumed office, I have no regrets. The one who comes will take it from there. We have built a very strong foundation, especially Vision 2025.”
The major policy tenets that he considers the hallmark of his presidency include a united nation, peace and political stability, fast socio-economic growth and development, the fight against poverty and accelerated development.
He is also especially proud of his efforts to consolidate democracy and ensure good governance, the rule of law and human rights, undertaking an unrelenting fight against crime and developing good relations with other countries.
But, at the end of the day, he considers his greatest source of pride is to have to continue holding the country together despite the challenges.
Kikwete, however, avoided making a direct comment on African leaders who tend to cling to power.
Speaking in the Burundi capital Bujumbura recently, Kikwete advised President Pierre Nkurunziza to respect the Arusha Accord and serve only two terms in office.
Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete (born 7 October 1950) is the fourth President of Tanzania, in office since 2005.
Prior to his election as President, he was the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1995 to 2005 under his predecessor, Benjamin Mkapa.
He has also served as the Chairperson of the African Union in 2008–2009 and the Chairman of the Southern African Development Community Troika on Peace, Defence and Security in 2012–2013.
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