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Mutukula Border Communities Mourn President Pombe Magufuli

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 of Kyakatuuma vborder community mourning death of Magufuli

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Traders, 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.

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.

She says they are not certain of what may happen in the absence of Magufuli because every leader has their own beliefs and conduct.

//Cue in; “Kitalonyo, omukulembeze oyo…

Cue out…nawe koba olyaako.”//

Fred 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 Uganda.

//Cue 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. He adds that Magufuli allowed Tanzanian children to study in Uganda which improved the livelihoods of teachers in Kyotera district.

//Cue in; “Tuli banakuwavu nyo…

Cue out…gwe tubadde tukolagana naye.”//

However, Polinaali Mayengo of Kyakatuuma village is worried that President Museveni may close the border after Magufuli’s death.

//Cue in; “Na Museveni anaweza kufunga…

Cue out…kufa kama mwenzangu.”//

Mutukula LCIII chairperson-elect David Mujaasi says that Mugufuli’s death may hinder trade between the two border communities in Uganda and Tanzania. He also praises Magufuli for promoting cross border trade between Uganda and Tanzania.

//Cue in; “Ffe nga aba Town council…

Cue out…akiwagira era akigoberera.”//

However, 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. He 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.

//Cue in; “Ate kati tubadde tujje…

Cue out…nebagatuwa, abadde mwangu.”//

At the Mutukula customs office, all the flags are flying at half mast.