|President Edgar Lungu|
President Edgar Lungu is tomorrow expected to arrive in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania for the inauguration of that country’s President elect John Magufuli.
Dr. Magufuli becomes the fifth President of Tanzania since the country got independence.
Zambia's High Commissioner to Tanzania Judith Kapijimpanga told Journalists that President Lungu is among regional leaders and high profile people that have been invited to attend the swearing in ceremony at Uhuru stadium.
The Head of State will be accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba and some senior government officials.
Mrs. Kapijimpanga said President Lungu is expected to meet the Zambian community in Tanzania after the inauguration ceremony and state luncheon.
Tanzania's President elect John Magufuli was declared winner of the October 25 general election after he garnered 8.8 million votes against his closest opposition rival and former Prime Minister Edward Lowassa.
Dr. Magufuli, who is former Minister of Works, will take over from Jakaya Kikwete who ruled Tanzania for ten years.
The election of Dr. Magufuli has ensured that his party, the Chama Cha Mapinduzi, has been in power since 1961 when Julius Nyerere led Tanzania to independence from Britain.
Among regional leaders that are expected to attend the inauguration are Uganda's Yoweri Museveni, South Africa's Jacob Zuma, Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta and Paul Kagame of Rwanda.
Others are Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mozambique’s Felipe Nyusi and Malawian Vice President Saulos Chilima.
Popular African televangelist and leader of the synagogue church of all nations T.B Joshua is also among invited dignitaries and has already arrived in Tanzania to attend the swearing in ceremony.