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John Magufuli, President of Tanzania, dies after weeks unseen

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“President John Magufuli died of a coronary heart ailment that he has battled for over 10 years,” Samia Suluhu Hassan mentioned.

She added that the president had been receiving remedy at Mzena hospital since Sunday, and introduced 14 days of nationwide mourning.

Hassan is now the appearing president of Tanzania. Whereas a date for her swearing-in has not but been introduced, she shall be Tanzania’s first feminine president.

After days of hypothesis that Magufuli was ailing with Covid-19, the nation’s Prime Minister dispelled the rumors final week. Magufuli, who often made weekly public appearances at Sunday church companies, had not been seen since February 27, fueling studies that he was ailing and was being handled overseas.

Kassim Majaliwa mentioned he was stunned individuals have been questioning the president’s whereabouts, including that the chief was “high-quality and persevering with along with his every day actions,” as he spoke throughout a Friday prayer session at a mosque within the nation’s Njombe area, in response to state broadcaster Tanzania Broadcasting Company.

Covid denials

Magufuli was one in all Africa’s most distinguished Covid skeptics.

Early on within the pandemic, Magufuli dismissed the seriousness of coronavirus in Tanzania, urging his residents to “pray coronavirus away,” believing the “satanic virus cannot stay within the physique of Jesus Christ,” and blaming the rising variety of constructive circumstances on defective check kits.

In June, he claimed his nation had eradicated coronavirus “by the grace of God,” questioned the security of overseas Covid-19 vaccines and made no plan to obtain any pictures for his nation, as an alternative pushing for the usage of natural drugs and steam therapies.

Tanzania hasn’t reported Covid-19 figures since April 2020, prompting the World Well being Group to name for Tanzania to publish knowledge on the coronavirus and ramp up public well being measures.

Final month, the US Embassy in Dar es Salaam warned that Covid-19 circumstances had been surging since January.

”The Bulldozer’

Referred to as “The Bulldozer” for his powerful stance towards corruption and for his hardline insurance policies, Magufuli swept to victory in October 2015 as Tanzania’s fifth president.

However pleasure over Magufuli’s intolerance for corruption was shortlived as he started a clampdown on democracy and significant voices.

Magufuli oversaw closures and suspensions of quite a few media shops, whereas his authorities undermined judicial and parliamentary independence, carried out a partial ban on public rallies, harassed MPs, closed on-line political area, and prosecuted critics underneath defamation and sedition legal guidelines.

In June 2017 Magufuli introduced that pregnant college students wouldn’t be allowed to return to highschool after giving beginning.

“In my administration because the President no pregnant lady will return to highschool… she has chosen that of type life, let her deal with the kid,” he mentioned at a public rally in 2017.

Tributes to a populist chief

As information of the president’s demise emerged, opposition chief Zitto Kabwe supplied his condolences to Magufuli’s household. “That is an unprecedented second for our United Republic of Tanzania, and one that may undoubtedly transfer us all in very private methods,” the chief of the ACT-Wazalendo occasion mentioned in a press release. “My fast ideas are with Mama Janeth, and the entire household of our deceased President.”

He additionally supplied “blessings, braveness and persistence” for Hassan. “My fellow Tanzanians, allow us to proceed to wish for persistence and understanding. This can be a second to point out our maturity and integrity as a nation,” Kabwe added.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was one of many first world leaders to specific their sympathy on the demise of Magufuli. “My ideas are along with his family members and the individuals of Tanzania,” he wrote in a publish on Twitter.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta paid his respects to Magufuli in a televised tackle Thursday morning and declared a seven-day interval of nationwide mourning in Kenya.

“Africa and the world has misplaced an illustrious chief whose imaginative and prescient, ardour and immense management propelled the nation of Tanzania ahead… within the passing on of President Magufuli, I’ve misplaced a good friend, a colleague and a visionary ally whom I labored intently, notably on our dedication to forge lasting bonds between Kenya and Tanzania,” he mentioned.

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