9 Foreign Elite Runners Set for MTN Marathon

A rare photograph of Presidents Yoweri Museveni, tadalafil approved Paul Kagame and Robert Mugabe having a close glimpse of outgoing Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete handing over instruments of power to his successor Dr John Pombe Magufuli has gone viral.

Te leaders joined thousands of Tanzanians at a colourful swearing-in ceremony of Dr John Pombe Magufuli as the fifth President of Tanzania on Thursday.

Other African leaders in the ceremony were AU chairman and Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, viagra dosage South Africa’s Jacob Zuma, about it Joseph Kabila (DRC) Congo, Zambia’s Edgar Lungu and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

The picture captures vividly the contrasting democratic credentials of Tanzanian leaders and their counterparts.

While four Tanzanian presidents have so far peacefully handed over power in Tanzania; the same is yet to be seen in Rwanda, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

For example, President Museveni has been in power since 1986 after leading a guerrilla movement. The Constitution was amended to allow him serve beyond two terms.

In Rwanda, the Constitution is being amended, allowing Kagame to run for more than the provided two terms.

For Mugabe, there is no sign of him yet handing over the power he seized three decades ago.


Magufuli won the Presidency with 58 percent of the votes cast– a total of 8.9 million – to succeed outgoing President Jakaya Kikwete and to also extend the ruling party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi’s (CCM) 51-year reign.

Dr. Magufuli’s running mate, Ms Samia Suluhu Hassan becomes the first woman in the history of Tanzania to be the First Vice President.

In his address, Dr. Magufuli affirmed his party’s commitment to work with the opposition to deliver on its campaign pledges.

He also pledged to work hard to meet people’s expectations after they bestowed on him the trust to lead the country during recent general elections.

Noting that he was ready to take the nation to the next level of development, President Magufuli urged Tanzanians to join him in building a country that avails opportunities to all.

“Tanzania is larger than all political parties. Let us forget political differences and join hands in developing our country,” the President said.

He thanked the immediate President Kikwete for ensuring a smooth transition.

President Kenyatta, in a congratulatory message, praised the people of Tanzania for the manner in which the country has distinguished herself over the years as a leading beacon of democracy in Africa.

President Kenyatta described the election of Dr. Magufuli as a re-confirmation of the desire for continuity with the policies of the ruling party which is credited with the national cohesion and development that the country has enjoyed since independence.

“I wish to assure you of my full support and desire to forge even closer bonds of friendship, entrenching further our integration agenda and indeed, uplifting the welfare of our people,” said the message.

Later, President Kenyatta joined other Heads of State and Government for a state luncheon at State House gardens in Dar es Salaam.
Preparations for Uganda’s top sporting event, stomach the MTN Kampala Marathon 2015 are in full gear, abortion with nine foreign elite runners confirming their participation.

The nine sprinters include Kenya’s Rael Kimaiyo Jepyator, Kiprop Tonui, Julius Kibet, Doris Jepchumba Todophus, Pamela Anisomuk, Barnabas Kipyego, Kiptoo Julius Kibet and Tanzania’s Fabiola William John, Msenduki Mohamed all running the 42km race.

In 2014, Ugandans, Alex Chesakit and Carolyne Migadde broke the Kenyan dominance winning the main 42 Km event for both men and women’s category.

Chesakit thus became the third Ugandan to win the 42 event in the 11 years of the Marathon since Francis Musani (2008) and Joseph Nsubuga (2004).

Now with the entry of the nine elite runners, Uganda’s chances at the top prizes remains to be seen yet again.

The annual event is sponsored by MTN Uganda. Other sponsors are Stanbic Bank, Huawei, Rwenzori Bottling Company and Vision Group with main partners being Uganda Athletics Federation.

With a theme “Run for Kampala, This year the proceeds of the MTN Marathon will go towards the construction of smart bio-toilets in KCCA managed schools in Kampala.

Below is the profile of some of the elite runners

 Rael Kimaiyo Jepyator (Born 1984)

She has attended several marathons overtime having a personal best of 2:34:23 set in Warszawa 2011. Her season best is 2:37:46 set at the Luxembourg marathon. Kimaiyo has run the Odense marathon finishing with a time of 2:41:25, the Porto marathon (2:40:21) and Bruxelles marathon (2:41:20)

 Kiprop Tonui (Born 1986)

He has a personal best of 2:16:19 set at the Mombasa marathon last year – 2014. He won the 2015 Tallinn marathon winning the race in 2:18:04 this year.

 Fabiola William John (Born 1984)

She has represented Tanzania at the World Championships and Olympic Games on several occasions. She has a personal best of 2:34:41 set at the Edinburg marathon. She won the Kilimanjaro marathon this year.

 Msenduki Mohamed

Msenduki represented Tanzania at the World Championships in Athletics, Moscow. He has run several international marathons including the Groningen Marathon where he finished 2nd with a time of 2:14:21.

Kiptoo Julius Kibet

Kibet is starting his full marathon career. He has been participating at the 10,000m track event and had his debut half marathon this year at the Stanchart Marathon – Nairobi running 1:02. (62 minutes).


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