It is the first time since Tanzania gained independence in 1961 for a First Lady to become an MP. Her swearing in ceremony was witnessed by her husband, who received a standing ovation from all lawmakers in the August House, immediately after being introduced by the Speaker, Mr Job Ndugai.

“This is the fourth time for me being here, but I have never witnessed a guest being received in this manner,” the Speaker overwhelmingly declared. Some of the MPs were heard shouting their comments to Dr Kikwete, “we are missing you, we are remembering you, please address us.”

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