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This is what Magufuli said about returned gold that left journalists cracking their ribs

Presidents Magufuli & Uhuru. [Credit/Twitter user]
Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli in a rare show tickled the members of the press while commenting about the repatriated gold worth Sh100 million that was nabbed in Kenya early last year.

Magufuli said that he and his Kenyan counterpart President Uhuru Kenyatta had the opportunity to sell and share the proceeds of the gold had they been bad men noting that by the time the media would be reporting about the lost gold, they would already be having the money in their accounts and Tanzanians wouldn’t have seen anything.

“President Uhuru is a patriotic citizen who loves Kenyans and Tanzanians. And if I was not the same, Tanzanians wouldn’t have seen these goods. We would have shared them between ourselves secretly… Newspapers will report but we would have already taken the money,” Magufuli said amid laughter as quoted by the Standard.

He lauded his strong ties with President Uhuru Kenyatta as a union of people with integrity, and honesty committed to service delivery.

This is as he lauded the Kenyan police authorities for their hawkish eyes and asked Kenya to lend a helping hand to her Tanzanian equals.

“This consignment originated from Tanzania but our officers did not nab it… Kenyan security forces are committed to their work …if they have extra knowledge they are using to deal with swindlers let them share with our Tanzanian officers,” he said.

The gold consignment had gone unnoticed by Tanzanian authorities only to be nabbed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

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