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by Magnus Mazimpaka
2:12 pm
Augustine Mahiga Tanzanias Foreign Affairs Minister

Augustine Mahiga Tanzanias Foreign Affairs Minister

Tanzania and Rwanda are opening up a new chapter since John Pombe Magufuli became President last year.

After attending his swearing-in ceremony, President Paul Kagame and Magufuli seem to be courting each other for a healthy relationship.

President Kagame sent his Foreign Affairs Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, in December 2015 to deliver a special message. Part of the message was to assure him of political, social and economic cooperation because “Rwanda was both a friend and neighbour of Tanzania.”

In reciprocity, Magafuli has sent his Foreign Affairs Minister, Augustine Mahiga , to Kigali.

Details of the visit have not yet been announced, but Mahiga is scheduled to visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial at 4pm Central African Time.

During her visit in Dar-es-salaam, Mushikiwabo, the  political crisis in Burundi was among the issues she discussed with Tanzania’s leadership.

Inevitably, with the recent hot talk about Burundi, particularly Rwanda threatening to relocate over 70,000 Burundian refugees after allegations that the country is arming refugees to revolt against their government, Mahiga is also expected to discuss this matter with Rwanda.