Tanzanian president John Magufuli dies


Dead: Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli. Courtesy photo.

In a televised address on Thursday night, the country’s vice-president Samia Suluhu Hassan announced that Magufuli died of “heart complications”.

Kampala – 17, March 2021: Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli is dead, aged 61.

In a televised address on Thursday night, the country’s vice-president Samia Suluhu Hassan announced that Magufuli died of “heart complications”.

She also said that Magufuli was hospitalised on March 6 at the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute.

The East African country will get into a 14-day period of mourning as arrangements for the burial are made, she stated, via Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC).

“During this period, all flags in Tanzania will fly at half-mast,” she announced.

Tanzanians have been concerned about the whereabout of their president for nearly three weeks, with some declaring he was dead.

Dozens of Tanzanians have been arrested for “demanding to know where their president was”. Government told them the president was “well and busy with his duties”.

The deceased was criticised by some opposition leaders in Tanzania and WHO for mishandling Covid-19 pandemic in the country. He often told the citizens “Tanzania was Covid-19 free”, asking people (them) to “pray and use herbal drugs”.

In the coming days, as per the Tanzanian Constitution, the Vice President will be sworn in to complete the 5-year-term left by Mr Magufuli.

Samia Suluhu Hassan will become the first female president in Tanzania, and East Africa in general. She has a task to appoint a Vice President, and he or she will be approved by the Parliament.

Mr Magufuli, was known by his nickname “Bulldozer” for his strong action on corruption. During his first term as President as election in 2015, his government acted strongly on corrupt leaders.


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