Hassan may prove the right sort of politician to usher in a new era of bipartisan politics, less populist and authoritarian and more collegial.
Hassan, like Magufuli before her, has taken office without her own political base and will also have to contend with revived factional manoeuvring.
For all of the shortcomings of Nyerere’s regime, his ideas continue to inspire Tanzanians fighting for a more equal and democratic future, over 20 years after his death.
His COVID-19 response has thrown the negative aspects of his presidency into sharp relief.
While sometimes intolerant of criticism, Nyerere tended to respond with argument rather than force.
A balance sheet of positives and negatives for Tanzania’s president Magufuli is perhaps the most striking similarity with the legacy of Nyerere as the country marks another independence anniversary.
Until Acacia was served with $190 billion tax bill, it seemed as though Tanzania’s president wanted a new settlement with the mining companies. Now it looks as though he wants new mining companies.
Integration within the East African Community has been sticky. The fact that Kenya’s main political parties haven’t spelled out their policies on the community in their manifestos is a worry.
Magufuli’s visit to Kenya reaffirms Tanzania as a leading regional actor. But it is also clearly designed to reset bilateral relations with Kenya which have been at best lukewarm on his watch
The biggest cyber security concern for many Tanzanians is the risk of inadvertently becoming a perpetrator of politically-defined cybercrime, rather than becoming a victim
Tanzania’s new president, John Pombe Magufuli, needs to change the country’s lukewarm attitude to the EAC and regional integration, which has cast a shadow over the future prospects of the region.