Tanzania’s Magufuli remains absent, so will VP Samia Hassan Suluhu take over?

By Abdul Halim

Posted on Tuesday, 16 March 2021 20:01, updated on Thursday, 18 March 2021 15:11

With no confirmed comments from Tanzania’s government about the whereabouts or health status of President John Magufuli, all eyes are now on vice-president Samia Hassan Suluhu.

Could the hushed government voices be connected to the fact that there is much reluctance among elements of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party should she take over as president as per the constitution?

Prime minister Kassim Majaliwa told Tanzanians to ignore rumours about Magufuli’s health. His comments come at a time when many are urging the government to issue an official comment on Magufuli, who has not recently been seen in public.