Tan­za­nian Pres­i­dent caught in traf­fic jam on his way to State House

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Presidency -

Vis­it­ing Tan­za­nian Pres­i­dent John Magu­fuli was yes­ter­day caught in a traf­fic jam on Uhuru High­way.

He was head­ing to State House to meet his host, Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta.

Magu­fuli, who is on his first tour of the coun­try af­ter his in­au­gu­ra­tion as Tan­za­nia’s fifth Pres­i­dent, was caught un­awares in the early morn­ing traf­fic af­ter leav­ing a ho­tel.

A con­tin­gent of elite Pres­i­dent’s Es­cort po­lice at­tached to him had to use sirens to clear the way.

At State House, the two lead­ers dis­cussed, among other is­sues, the can­di­da­ture of For­eign Af­fairs CS Amina Mo­hamed for the po­si­tion of Africa Union Com­mis­sion chair­per­son.

It could not be es­tab­lished, how­ever, whether traf­fic po­lice man­ning the Haile Se­lassie Av­enue round­about had prior brief­ing on Magu­fuli’s move­ment.

The Tan­za­nian Pres­i­dent had ear­lier walked from the Ho­tel In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal, where he is stay­ing, to the Jomo Keny­atta Mau­soleum, in Par­lia­ment grounds, to lay a wreath.

Known for his hum­ble and sim­ple de­meanour, Magu­fuli seemed un­per­turbed as the traf­fic slowly eased. He was ac­com­pa­nied by a small mo­tor­cade, short of the usual ex­trav­a­gant cav­al­cades of other vis­it­ing heads of states.

Yes­ter­day, Magu­fuli was ac­corded full mil­i­tary hon­ours, com­plete with a 21-gun salute, upon ar­rival at State House.

Magu­fuli’s visit gives the two neigh­bour­ing coun­tries a chance to re­new and deepen their part­ner­ship in a num­ber of fields.

HEZRON NJOROGE

Tan­za­nian Pres­i­dent John Magu­fuli’s ve­hi­cle (sec­ond last) in a traf­fic jam on Uhuru High­way yes­ter­day/

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