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