Like Museveni, Kikwete is looking forward to taking care of his cattle after presidency

Presidents Jakaya Kikwete and Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Tanzania and Uganda respectively, arriving at the EAC heads of state summit in Dar es Salaam, Monday July 6

BOTH WOULD LOVE TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR CATTLE AFTER POLITICS: Presidents Jakaya Kikwete and Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Tanzania and Uganda respectively, arriving at the EAC heads of state summit on Burundi in Dar es Salaam, July 6

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete announced Wednesday he will resume livestock keeping at his home village Msoga in the historic district of Bagamoyo-Coast region.

He told reporters at the State House in Dar es Salaam “I am extremely tired and would wish to handle over office a week after the general election.”

Tanzania will go to the polls, October 25 to elect the next president, councilors and members of parliament with official campaigns scheduled to begin this Saturday.

For Kikwete, he says he would rather set-up a private office that will engage in development, health, agriculture and industry activity rather than being involved in conflict resolution.

“Setting-up a conflict resolution centre will have no difference with one selling caskets on the street,” the outgoing president said

After handing over office, has said he will channel his time in grazing and taking good care of his cattle and enjoying life after a long career in politics.

Jakaya Kikwete has been president of Tanzania since 2005 when he replaced Benjamin Mkapa, prior to becoming president he served as Foreign Affairs Minister for 10 years.

Both as foreign affairs minister and as president Kikwete has been involved in pacifying the Great Lakes Region especially Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

He is also the current Chairman of the East African Community (EAC) and he has also been chairman of the African Union (AU).

The ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) has already endorsed John Magufuli to be the party’s nominee in the October polls but unlike in the previous elections, this time CCM faces a formidable opponent in its former stalwart and the country’s former premier Edward Lowassa, who is the flag bearer for the opposition party Chadema as well as UKAWA opposition coalition.

Kikwete is not the only leader in the region who plans to retire to his farm after politics, his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni has always said he will be grazing his cattle at his Rwakitura country home/farm when he retires only that he won’t be handing over office soon. Museveni intends to run for a sixth term in next year’s presidential election and he is the favourite to win.