President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was on Saturday declared the president-elect of Uganda by the electoral commission. This was after he garnered over 5 million votes while his main opponent Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine got slightly over 3 million votes.
Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli was the first head of state to congratulate Museveni over his victory. Taking to social media, Magufuli noted that Tanzania will continue with its friendship with Uganda and will work closely for common prosperity. He thanked Ugandans for the peaceful elections and asked them to stay in peace and harmony.
“Nakupongeza Mhe. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni kwa kutangazwa na Tume ya Uchaguzi ya Uganda kuwa mshindi wa kiti cha Urais. Tanzania itaendeleza urafiki na udugu wetu kwa maslahi mapana ya wananchi. Hongereni Waganda kwa kukamilisha Uchaguzi Mkuu, endeleeni kudumisha amani na upendo,” shared Dr John Magufuli on Twitter.
Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Wycliffe Musalia Mudavadi as well send out his congratulation message to Museveni. He wished Ugandans prosperity as Museveni embarks on the new mandate. Mudavadi’s message might have been an obligation he took upon himself after Museveni recently sent him a message of condolence for losing his mother.
“I take this early opportunity to congratulate President Yoweri Museveni upon his victory and re-election. I wish the people of Uganda continued prosperity as he embarks on his fresh mandate,” tweeted Musalia W Mudavadi.
Magufuli’s message has elicited mixed reactions from Tanzanians. Here are some of the reactions on Twitter.
Bryan Psalmson Katamba: I knew this guy will be the first to congratulate Museveni. God please, didn’t you create any good leaders on the African continent?
Teacher Michael Mang’urio: Rais kama mwana Afrika mashariki nadhani ungeshtumu matokeo ambapo kumekua na maafa na umwagikaji mkubwa wa Damu Uganda! Nadhani ungesimama na kutetea Uhuru wa kuchagua umpendaye lakini yale tuliyoyaskia yalifanyika Tanzania yamejirudia waziwazi!
Mary Schwank: Kumpongeza Museveni ni sawa na muislamu kula nyama ya nguruwe. Wacha Waganda wapigane vita yao, subiri hadi Mtanzania atakamilika nawe pia.
Wewe pia umeridhika na hio wizi ya kura? Ngojeni kichapo ya Mungu. Even Mugabe was once a president.