Tanzania: President Magufuli Dies at 61, COVID-19 Rumours Linked with Demise

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The world mourns Tanzania’s fifth President, John Pombe Magufuli’s sudden death. In particular, he did succumb to a heart attack on Wednesday evening.

The news break did catch citizens unaware after the Head of State did go missing  for a couple of weeks. While briefing the country on national Television, Tanzania’s Vice President Samia Suluhi did confirm his death. Suluhu said he did die from a heart-related disease at the hospital in Dar es Salaam.

It is worth remembering that the President was born in Chato, North-west Tanzania in 1959. He did become a renowned expert in Chemical studies after he did study Chemistry and Mathematics at the University of Dar es Salaam. Soon after, he did start working. Then, he did begin his political ambitions. After, the members did elect Magufuli a Member of Parliament for the Chatu Constituency in the year 1995.

Remembering President Magufuli

His hard work did pay off and make him the Deputy Minister between 1995 to 2000. Before, the politicians did elevate him a Minister between 2000 and 2005. Though, the President did not make any public appearances or speeches as usual. Soon, citizens and other political leaders did start to question his whereabouts that did attract criticism. Also, the authorities did arrest some for spreading fake news. Mainly, about his health that he did contract COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Tundu Lissu, the country’s Opposition leader and former competitor in last year’s contested elections did also say that the late President has contracted coronavirus. Though, the governmental ministers and Church leaders did handle this rumour with strictness. And did issue an arrest warrant for anyone who did breach the law on the President’s health.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa also added last week that the President was in good health. Also, engaging in matters of national development. In fact, he also did blame citizens for Magufuli’s ill-health. He said that hateful Tanzanians seeking refuge abroad are the ones praying for his sickness.

This did appear like a direct message to Tundu Lissu who currently stays in Belgium in exile. Following the loss of last year’s elections to Magufuli and did declare fear for his life.

Moreover, Magufuli was known for his love for herbal medicines, infused with heavy smoke and prayers to flatten the corona curve. He was skeptical about using western medicines.

While addressing the country, Vice-President Suluhu is set to be sworn-in as the President said that according to Tanzanian constitutional requirements there will be 14-days of prayers and mourning for the later President. Also, flags to remain half-mast.

 

 

 

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