Tanzanian President Shocks Many After Stepping Out Wearing a Mask


For the first time, a Tanzanian head of state was seen in public wearing a face mask. President Samia Suluhu Hassan currently on a one-day state visit in Uganda stepped out donning a white K-95 mask.

The Tanzanian head of state and her Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni are expected to visit the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP), where the Tripartite Project Agreement will be concluded.

The two President’s are set to launch the $3.55 billion project, the longest electrically heated pipeline in the world

For president Samia to be seen in public wearing a mask, it was a surprise to many since her predecessor, John Pombe Magufuli, was skeptical of WHO’s COVID-19 containment measures and had never ventured in public wearing a face covering.

In September 2020, during president Yoweri Museveni’s visit to Tanzania, no one had a face mask except Museveni. All the Tanzania officials had no face mask, including the current president Tanzania Suluhu.