Tanzanian President John Magufuli
Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has actually passed away aged 61, the nation’s vice-president has actually revealed.
He passed away on Wednesday from heart issues at a health center in Dar es Salaam, Samia Suluhu Hassan stated in an address on state tv.
Mr Magufuli had actually not been seen in public for more than 2 weeks, and rumours have actually been flowing about his health.
Opposition political leaders stated recently that he had actually contracted Covid -19, however this has actually not been verified.
“It is with deep regret that I inform you that today… we lost our brave leader, the president of the Republic of Tanzania, John Pombe Magufuli,” Vice-President Hassan stated in the statement.
She stated there would be 2 week of nationwide grieving and flags would fly at half mast.
Obituary: Tanzania’s ‘bulldozer’ president John MagufuliMr Magufuli was stated president on his 56th birthday in October 2015. He was chosen for a 2nd term following a contested survey in 2015.
He was among Africa’s most popular coronavirus sceptics, and required prayers and herbal-infused steam treatment to counter the infection.
Tanzania has actually not released information of its coronavirus cases because May, and the federal government has actually declined to buy vaccines.
Mr Magufuli was last seen in public on 27 February, however Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa firmly insisted recently that the president was “healthy and working hard”.
He blamed the rumours of the president’s ill-health on “hateful” Tanzanians living abroad.
But opposition leader Tundu Lissu informed this medium that his sources had actually informed him Mr Magufuli was being dealt with in healthcare facility for coronavirus in Kenya.
On Monday, cops stated they had actually jailed 4 individuals on suspicion of spreading out rumours on social networks that the president was ill.
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