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Sunday May 10, 2020 – National Super Alliance (NASA) leader, Raila Odinga, has castigated Tanzania’s President John Pombe Magufuli over how he is handling the Coronavirus pandemic in his country.

In an exclusive interview with British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Saturday, Raila who is a close friend of Magufuli, revealed that the Tanzania strongman had refused to heed to advice from other regional leaders, including President Uhuru Kenyatta, Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame to abandon his unconventional policies.

He said his own efforts to reach out to the Tanzanian president have been futile, and Magufuli is yet to respond to messages left on his automatic answering machine.

As a result, he warned that the closely connected region risks descending into a calamity as President Magufuli holds on to his business-as-usual call to Tanzanians.

“As a nationalist, he needs to get information from fellow regional leaders… This is a regional issue.”

“Our destiny is tied together.”

“We do not want a situation where any of these countries will have to close their borders.”

“That is why dialogue is the most important thing,” Raila said.

Tanzania has so far recorded about 500 cases and according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the numbers are expected to rise exponentially over Magufuli‘s silly tactics.


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