They say that Magufuli allowed the Ugandan traders and residents to freely cross into Tanzania to trade at the time when Uganda locked its borders. According to Madina Nazziwa, a resident of Kyakatuuma village in Mutukula Town Council, they only survived because Magufuli allowed them to cross to Tanzania to buy food for their families.
residents and local leaders in Mutukula and Kyakatuuma border communities have
praised the late Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli for keeping the Tanzanian border open at the time when the rest of the country was under lockdown.
say that Magufuli allowed the Ugandan traders and residents to freely cross into
Tanzania to trade at the time when Uganda locked its borders.
to Madina Nazziwa, a resident of Kyakatuuma village in Mutukula Town Council,
they only survived because Magufuli allowed them to cross to Tanzania to buy
food for their families.
says they are not certain of what may happen in the absence of Magufuli because
every leader has their own beliefs and conduct.
in; “Kitalonyo, omukulembeze oyo…
Mukwaya and Dan Makumbi, both builders in Mutukula, say they took advantage of
the open Tanzanian border to work in Tanzania without any restrictions during the lockdown period in
in; “Kale kyabadde anyamba…
Cue out…buLungi nyo okitegera?.”//
Cosma Ssendege, the headmaster of Biiwa Primary School in Kyakatuuma, says even when
Ugandan schools closed, teachers would teach in Tanzania until Uganda relaxed the lockdown restrictions by opening a few classes.
adds that Magufuli allowed Tanzanian children to study in Uganda which improved
the livelihoods of teachers in Kyotera district.
in; “Tuli banakuwavu nyo…
tubadde tukolagana naye.”//
Polinaali Mayengo of Kyakatuuma village is worried that President Museveni may
close the border after Magufuli’s death.
in; “Na Museveni anaweza kufunga…
Mutukula LCIII chairperson-elect David
Mujaasi says that Mugufuli’s death may hinder
trade between the two border communities in Uganda and Tanzania.
also praises Magufuli for promoting cross border trade between Uganda and
in; “Ffe nga aba Town council…
Cue out…akiwagira era akigoberera.”//
Christopher Kalemba, the Kakuuto County MP says that Magufuli died at the time he
had extended electricity from Tanzania to Nangoma and Lukunyu Islands in Uganda.
advised his successor to uphold the cooperation between Uganda and Tanzania
especially to support international projects such as the East African Crude
Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project.
in; “Ate kati tubadde tujje…
the Mutukula customs office, all the flags are flying at half mast.