Tanzania’s President John Magufuli dead at 61
Tanzania’s President John Magufuli, among Africa’s most popular coronavirus doubters, has actually passed away aged 61, Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan stated on Wednesday after a more than two-week lack from public life that caused speculation about his health.
She stated he passed away from the cardiovascular disease that had actually afflicted him for a years. She stated burial plans were under method and revealed 2 week of grieving and the flying of flags at half personnel. State tv broadcast mournful and spiritual tunes.
Magufuli, had actually not been seen in public given thatFeb 27, stimulating reports that he had actually contracted COVID-19. Officials rejected on March 12 that he had actually fallen ill. He was Tanzania’s very first president to pass away while in workplace.
“Dear Tanzanians, it is unfortunate to reveal that today 17 March 2021 around 6 p.m. we lost our brave leader, President John Magufuli who passed away from cardiovascular disease at Mzena healthcare facility in Dar es Salaam where he was getting treatment,” the vice president stated on state broadcaster TBC.
Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa stated on Friday that he had actually spoken with Magufuli, and blamed the story of the president’s condition on some “hateful” Tanzanians living abroad.
Tundu Lissu, Magufuli’s primary competitor in the October election when the president won a 2nd five-year term, had actually recommended Tanzania’s leader had actually been flown to Kenya for treatment for COVID-19 and after that transferred to India in a coma.
After the death was revealed, opposition leader Zitto Kabwe stated he had actually spoken with Vice President Hassan to use acknowledgements for Magufuli’s death. “The nation will remember him for his contribution to the development of our country,” Kabwe stated in a declaration released on Twitter.
According to Tanzania’s Constitution, Vice President Hassan, 61, need to presume the presidency for the rest of the five-year term that Magufuli started serving in 2015 after winning a 2nd term. She would be the East African country’s very first female president.
Born in the semi-autonomous island chain of Zanzibar, Hassan studied economics in Britain, worked for the U.N.’s World Food Programme and after that held numerous federal government posts prior to ending up being Tanzania’s initially female vice president in 2015.
Hassan stated Magufuli was confessed on March 6 to Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute for heart issues and released the next day. A week later on he felt bad and was hurried to Mzena healthcare facility where he was getting treatment under guidance of physicians from the heart institute.
‘ THE BULLDOZER’
Nicknamed “The Bulldozer” since of his track record for pressing through policies regardless of opposition, Magufuli annoyed the World Health Organization (WHO throughout the pandemic by soft-pedaling the hazard from COVID-19, stating god and treatments such as steam inhalation would secure Tanzanians.
The previous chemistry instructor had actually buffooned coronavirus tests, knocked vaccines as part of a Western conspiracy to take Africa’s wealth, and opposed mask-wearing and social distancing.
Tanzania stopped reporting coronavirus information in May in 2015 when it had actually reported 509 cases and 21 deaths, according to the WHO, which has actually advised the federal government to be more transparent.
He was re-elected for a 2nd term in 2020, winning 84% of the vote in an election the opposition stated was spoiled by abnormalities and whose results it declined.
Reporting by Nairobi newsroom, Writing by Maggie Fick, Editing by William Maclean and Howard Goller