Tanzania President John Magufuli dies aged 61

Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli  has died from heart complications, vice-president Samia Suluhu Hassan has announced in a  televised address on Wednesday night

Hassan said that Magufuli was hospitalised on March 6 at the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute and died at Mzena State Hospital in Dar es Salaam.

She also announced that the country would get into a 14-day period of mourning as arrangements for the burial are made.

During this period, all flags in Tanzania will fly at half-mast, Hassan announced. This comes after weeks of speculation on his whereabouts with the suspicion that he had been hospitalised for Covid-19.

Magufuli was born on October 29, 1959 in Chato, Tanzania and has been in office since 2015 as the fifth president.

He has previously served as a deputy minister and minister in previous administrations in Tanzania. Magufuli was serving his second term that was to run until 2025 after controversially winning the Presidential election in 2020.

Credit : The Star

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