The late president John Pombe Magufuli will be remembered by many as a leader who fought for the poor and a man who proved it is doable. He was nicknamed "the bulldozer" for driving a programme to build roads in Tanzania.
But in Kenya, he was praised by many because of his stand on corruption which seems to be a government headache from independence to date.
In 2016 Magufuli issued a stern warning to Kenyans during a dinner hosted by President Uhuru and challenged them on the need for national integration that will minimize ethnic differences.
He acknowledged Kenya was a good country but tribalism was the main challenge despite the country having fewer tribes than Tanzania.
"Nilikuwa nazugumza na mheshimiwa Rais hapa, nikamuuliza Kenya mko na makabila? Akasema ni 43. Mimi nikwambia kwetu [Tanzania] tuko na 121," Magufuli said.
He went ahead and urged Kenyans to shun tribalism, and Kenya will be the best country just like Tanzania which does not condone tribalism because they have one tribe known as swahili.
"Sisi Tanzania tumekusanywa kwa kabila moja la uswahili na watanzania. Mambo yote Kenya ni excellent tatizo ni ukabila. Mkimaliza ukabila Kenya is the best country," Magufuli concluded.
In Past general elections Kenyans have voted for leaders based on tribal lines mostly known as "mtu wetu" which mean our 'person' posing the question, will Kenyans this time come 2022 fulfill Magufuli's prophecy and shun away from tribalism and elect good leaders not necessarily from their community? Share your thoughts below in the comment section.
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