This job is stressful and thankless, I can’t wait to step down says President Jakaya Kikwete

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The East African country’s outgoing president says that two terms are more than enough for him, despite the tendency of some of his neighbours to stay on longer

President Kikwete

President Kikwete

President Kikwete

President Kikwete

By Aislinn Laing, Johannesburg

Tanzania’s outgoing president Jakaya Kikwete has told how he is looking forward to stepping down in October this year, describing the job of leading his country as “stressful and thankless”.

Two terms in high office were more than enough for him, Mr Kikwete added during a speech at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars in Washington DC.

“After 10 years, you need to move on. It’s been 10 years since I came to this high profile office,” he said.

“I was very young, just 55. But what I can tell you about this job is that it is stressful and thankless.” His comments might furrow some brows among his neighbours, who have been accused of overstaying their welcome in office.

To the north, Yoweri Museveni has been in office in Uganda since 1986 when he helped to topple dictators Idi Amin and Milton Obote, and is now serving his fourth term amid accusations of electoral fraud and opposition intimidation.

To the west, there were deadly clashes in January after it was suggested that Joseph Kabila, president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, might try to change the constitution to enable him to run for a third term.

Both Malawi and Zambia are beacons in the region for power having changed hands peacefully several times in recent years, but further south in Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, the president, has clung on to high office, allegedly using voter intimidation, violence and poll manipulation, since 1980.

Further west, Angola’s Eduardo dos Santos has been in power since 1979.

None the less, Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan set a strong example for the region last week when he conceded defeat to his presidential rival Muhammadu Buhari in crunch elections.

Asked at the Washington event why he believed African leaders had a tendency to cling to power, Mr Kikwete took a diplomatic approach. “I should not speak on their behalf,” he said.

“You need to invite them and get their opinions.”

Source: The Telegraph

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6 Responses to This job is stressful and thankless, I can’t wait to step down says President Jakaya Kikwete

  1. But how much does he get as a retirement package so that we can appreciate the thankless statemend. In zambia we build the STATE HOUSES so that their dont miss been in state house when their retire

    simukwanya Gilbert
    April 9, 2015 at 3:13 am
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  2. if he steps down, he will be amongst africa’s great leaders in history

    Musa Kilimanjaro
    April 9, 2015 at 8:22 am
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  3. I salute you President Kikwete. You have set a good example to many dictators like Mugabe and Dos Santos.

    chisenga
    April 9, 2015 at 9:25 am
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  4. ebaume aba

    kalungwisha
    April 9, 2015 at 12:02 pm
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  5. He should have also testified why he had to go for the second term if the position was sour!? He knows he has nothing to show to convince he deserved to be left to continue with development. These are cheap politics!

    kandoro kazunga
    April 9, 2015 at 1:27 pm
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  6. Kitwete has a lot of class. Actually, even 10 years is to long, if you have a smart, visionary, hardworking and honest leader 5 years is enough to transform a country. Only incompetent and corrupt leaders cling to power.

    Blago
    April 9, 2015 at 1:55 pm
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