Successors and low-hanging fruit

President Samia Suluhu Hassan

New Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan holds the Koran during the swearing-in ceremony as the country's first female President after the sudden death of President John Magufuli at State House in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on March 19, 2021.

Photo credit: STR/AFP

What you need to know:

  • Magufuli did what many African leaders tend to do: he dropped so many balls and made so many unforced errors.
  • The successor, of course, has to be smart and politically astute enough to see the opportunity and seize it.

When Samia Suluhu Hassan was sworn in just over two weeks ago as Tanzania’s new president after the death of her predecessor, John Magufuli, I read a stoutly argued article complaining that the media had not made a big enough deal about it.


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