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Tanzanians equate Museveni to their country’s founding father

BY Tom Mugisha, tom.mugisha@alleastafrica.com

KAMPALA – Tanzanian politicians have likened the Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni to the founding president of their nation, Julius Nyerere.

Museveni, who has been described his critics as “authoritarian” for his crack down on the opposition has had long relationship with Tanzanians since he was a university student at Dare salaam university in 1960s.

President Museveni

He is being credited for his “commitment” to change people’s lives for better like his the late Tanzanian leader who credited for Pan Africanism.

The first tribute to Museveni was made by the Tanzania President, John Pombe Magufuli on Friday at a press Conference in Masaka, central Uganda during Magufuli’s three-day state visit.

After Magufuli, his foreign Affairs Minister, Augustine Philip Mahiga who studied with Mr Museveni at the University of Dar-es-Salaam also described the Ugandan leader as “a courageous and honest” like Nyerere.

Museveni has described Nyerere as his mentor and “a great pan Africanist”. He has also been at the forefront of a campaign aimed at having the late Neyerere declared a saint.

Mr Mahiga said he had known Museveni for close to fifty years, having met him at the University where they were both students.

While still a student at Dare salaam university, he went to Mozambique and joined the armed struggle for the liberation of Mozambique from colonialists.

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