Tanzania: Tanzania’s President John Pombe Magufuli has died at the age of 61.
It has been announced by Samia Suluhu Hassan, the Vice-President of Tanzania.
In an address on government television, Hassan said that ‘Magufuli died on Wednesday from cardiac complications.’
John Magufuli had not been seen in public for almost two weeks and some rumors about his health were spreading.
Opposition leaders say that ‘they were infected with Corona,’ but there has been no official confirmation of this.
Magufuli was one of the most eminent people in Africa, who always looked skeptically at the risk of the coronavirus. He asked people to pray in churches and religious places to combat the virus. Also said to cure this infection with steam therapy.
Tanzania’s Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hasan has announced 14-day national mourning over the death of John Magufuli. According to Tanzania’s constitution, only Samia Hassan will be sworn in as the new president after Magufuli’s death.
Magufuli was last seen publicly on 27 February.
Only last week, Tanzania’s Prime Minister Qasim Majaliwa had asserted that ‘President Magufuli is very healthy and working hard.’
Then the Prime Minister described the rumors related to Magufuli’s health as ‘malicious’ propaganda of people living abroad.
But Leader of the Opposition Tundu Lisu quoted his sources as telling a news website that ‘Magufuli was being treated for Covid-19 at a government hospital in Kenya.’
The title of ‘The Bulldozer.’
Born in the year 1959 in Chhato city of northwestern Tanzania, Magufuli was elected President for the first time in the year 2015.
Magufuli was born into a peasant family. He did his Ph.D. in chemistry. He was also a teacher of chemistry and mathematics before joining politics.
In 1995, he was elected MP for the first time, and in 2000, he became the first cabinet minister.
He was given the title of ‘Bulldozer’ in Tanzania politics even before he was elected President.
Only last year, he was elected President of Tanzania for the second time. More than four years of his tenure were still pending.
Magufuli declared Tanzania as ‘corona free in June last year.
He questioned the utility of the mask to prevent the infection from spreading. He expressed his doubts about COVID Testing. At the same time, Magufuli made fun of the neighbouring countries, which had imposed Corona-related restrictions to prevent the spread of Corona.
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