Tanzania Follows In Atta-Mills Footsteps, Honours TB Joshua

Pastor T.B. Joshua, the famous Nigerian cleric whom late Ghanaian president John Evans Atta-Mills described as his ‘mentor’ is currently making waves in the East African nation of Tanzania.

Within hours of the popular preacher arriving in Tanzania on Tuesday November 3rd 2015, he had met the three most important political figures in the country – John Magufuli, the President-Elect, Jakaya Kikwete, the outgoing President and Edward Lowassa, the former Prime Minister and opposition leader.

“Our new President, John Magufuli, visited T.B. Joshua in Nigeria long before he even nursed a presidential ambition,” explained Eng. Ngimbwa, chairperson of the Tanzanian Contractors Registration Board.

As Tanzania’s industrious Minister of Works, Magufuli visited The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) with his family in 2011, remaining a staunch supporter of the Nigerian and partner to Joshua’s popular television station Emmanuel TV ever since.

It would be recalled that after Prof. Atta-Mills narrowly came to power in 2009, his first visit was to Joshua’s church in Lagos where he testified that the Nigerian cleric ‘prophesied’ his ascension to power and specific details of the closely fought election.

In the same vein, the new Tanzanian President also sought T.B. Joshua’s spiritual counsel before running for office.“It was T.B. Joshua that actually encouraged him to contest for presidency,” Ngimbwa insisted. “When he won the nomination against all odds, we knew it was God at work.”

Intriguingly, Magufuli’s main opponent in the hotly contested elections, Edward Lowassa, is also an outspoken supporter of Joshua, having visited Nigeria to meet the ‘prophet’ on several occasions.

Several commentators have inferred that Joshua may play some reconciliatory role on his first visit to the East African nation, given the palpable tension that still exists in the aftermath of the closely fought elections.

“If there’s anyone who can bring peace to the warring politicians at this time, its Pastor Joshua,” one Tanzanian blogger wrote while sharing the story of the cleric’s arrival, which saw the President-Elect waiting to meet him at the airport.

A tweet from Magufuli’s official Twitter account acknowledged that Joshua will be in Tanzania for the presidential inauguration on Thursday 5th November 2015 although it is unclear if he will play any role in the ceremony.

His visit has sparked huge interest on African social media, especially since it is the first time the cleric has been seen in public since a crusade he held in Mexico in May 2015 which had over 150,000 in attendance.

T.B. Joshua’s popularity in Ghana has continued to rise largely due to the broadcasts of his Christian channel Emmanuel TV.


TB JOSHUA WITH OPPOSITION LEADER EDWARD LOWASSA


TB JOSHUA WITH PRESIDENT ELECT JOHN MAGUFULI AND FAMILY


TB JOSHUA WITH PRESIDENT JAKAYA KIKWETE


ATTA MILLS TB JOSHUA


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