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Tanzanian President John Magufuli in Kenyan hospital with Covid

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The 61-year-old president, nicknamed “The Bulldozer”, is serving his second time period in workplace

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli is being handled in hospital in Kenya and is in a crucial situation, opposition chief Tundu Lissu has advised the BBC, citing well-placed sources.

He has had coronavirus and a cardiac arrest, Mr Lissu stated he had been advised.

The BBC has not been in a position to verify these experiences.

Mr Magufuli, who has not been seen in public for 11 days, has confronted criticism for his dealing with of Covid-19 – his authorities is refusing to purchase vaccines.

The East African nation has not revealed its coronavirus circumstances since Could.

The 61-year-old president has known as for prayers and herbal-infused steam remedy to counter the virus.

Earlier this month, at a funeral for a high presidential aide, Mr Magufuli stated Tanzania had defeated Covid-19 final yr and would win once more this yr.

The aide died hours after the vice-president of the nation’s semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar, who was being handled for Covid-19.

‘Silence irresponsible’

Mr Lissu stated he had been advised that President Magufuli was flown to Kenya for remedy at Nairobi Hospital on Monday night time.

There was no official response from the federal government, which has warned in opposition to publishing unverified details about the Tanzanian chief, who was final seen at an official occasion in Dar es Salaam on 27 February.

Nairobi Hospital additionally stated it couldn’t remark.

Mr Lissu advised the BBC that the federal government’s silence was fuelling rumours, was irresponsible, and the president’s well being shouldn’t be a personal matter.

It might not be a shock to Tanzanians that Mr Magufuli had contracted coronavirus as he had been reckless within the face of the virus, he stated.

A man leaves a steam inhalation booth installed by a herbalist in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on 22 May 2020

Steam cubicles have been used to deal with respiratory sicknesses like coronavirus in Tanzania

“He has by no means worn a masks, he has been going to mass public gatherings with out taking any precautions that individuals are taking all world wide,” Mr Lissu advised the BBC’s Africa correspondent Leila Nathoo from exile in Belgium.

“That is somebody who has repeatedly and publicly trashed established drugs, he is relied on prayers and natural concoctions of unproven worth.”

The 53 yr previous alleged that Tanzania’s Finance Minister Philip Mpango was additionally being handled on the similar hospital in Kenya’s capital.

Mr Lissu, who got here second in presidential elections for the opposition Chadema celebration in October with 13% of the vote, stated he thought-about his rival’s repute to be in full tatters.

“He is constructed a repute as a patriot, that he does not journey outdoors the nation, that he is a president for the poor – and he is refused to do something to ameliorate the state of affairs in Tanzania by telling folks we’re fantastic.”

Final week, the Catholic Church in Tanzania urged folks to take Covid-19 precautions extra critically, saying 60 nuns and 25 monks had died within the final two months after exhibiting signs of coronavirus.

Mr Lissu first went into exile in 2017 after surviving an assassination try. He returned to participate in final yr’s polls, the outcomes of which he says had been rigged.

He left the nation once more in November, saying he had acquired extra loss of life threats.

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