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Tanzania President Magufuli announced dead

RIP: John Pombe Magufuli

RIP: John Pombe Magufuli

Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli has officially been announced dead by the vice president Samia Suluhu, confirming the widespread rumours by the opposition that he'd died last week.

Suluhu said Magufuli died of heart complications on Wednesday at a hospital in Dar es Salam but all indications seem to point that Magufuli, 61, who controversially won a disputed election last year died of coronavirus disease. Suluhu said burial arrangements were underway and announced 14 days of mourning and the flying of flags at half-staff. State television broadcast mournful and religious songs.

“Dear Tanzanians, it is sad to announce that today 17 March 2021 around 6 p.m. we lost our brave leader, President John Magufuli who died from heart disease at Mzena hospital in Dar es Salaam where he was getting treatment," the vice president said on state broadcaster TBC. He becomes Tanzania's first president to die while in office.

Two days earlier, while speaking in the northeastern town of Tanga at the launch of a government project, Suluhu seemed to imply that to Magufuli was sick without mentioning him by name.

“I want to confirm to you Tanzania is safe. It’s normal for a human being to undergo checkups like flu and fever and could suffer other illnesses. I want to plead with Tanzanians, if there was a time to hold together is now. This is the time to build unity. It's not a time to listen to information coming from outside,” said the vice president then.

Magufuli dismissed the existence of COVID-19 and even refused to receive vaccinations offered to his country by the COVAX Facility. The president had not been seen in public since February 27, and several media reports said he was taken abroad for treatment first in Kenya and later India. 

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa last week on Friday blamed the narrative of the president's ailment on some "hateful" Tanzanians living abroad.
 
Tundu Lissu, Magufuli's main rival in the October election when the president won a second five-year term, had suggested Tanzania's leader had been flown to Kenya for treatment for COVID-19 and then moved to India in a coma.
 
After the death was announced, opposition leader Zitto Kabwe said he had spoken to Vice President Hassan to offer condolences for Magufuli's death.

"The nation will remember him for his contribution to the development of our country," Kabwe said in a statement published on Twitter.
 
According to Tanzania's Constitution, Vice President Hassan, 61, should assume the presidency for the remainder of the five-year term that Magufuli began serving last year after winning a second term. She would be the East African nation's first female president.
 
Born in the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar, Hassan studied economics in Britain, worked for the U.N.'s World Food Programme and then held various government posts prior to becoming Tanzania's first female vice president in 2015.
 
Hassan said Magufuli was admitted on March 6 to Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute for heart problems and discharged the next day. A week later he felt bad and was rushed to Mzena hospital where he was getting treatment under supervision of doctors from the cardiac institute.
 
'The Bulldozer'
 
Nicknamed "The Bulldozer" because of his reputation for pushing through policies despite opposition, Magufuli frustrated the World Health Organization (WHO) during the pandemic by playing down the threat from COVID-19, saying god and remedies such as steam inhalation would protect Tanzanians.
 
The former chemistry teacher had mocked coronavirus tests, denounced vaccines as part of a Western conspiracy to take Africa's wealth, and opposed mask-wearing and social distancing.
 
Tanzania stopped reporting coronavirus data in May last year when it had reported 509 cases and 21 deaths, according to the WHO, which has urged the government to be more transparent.
 
He was re-elected for a second term in 2020, winning 84% of the vote in an election the opposition said was marred by irregularities and whose results it rejected.

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0 #11 JonSs 2021-03-18 11:11
Quoting Oruk Charles:
I thought he died of heart problem? African should stop thinking that, every death is COVID-19.

The coming of COVID-19 did not kill all the other diseases that use to kill people including heart attack. Great leaders like you in Africa are not allowed to be in power for long. Rest in peace great president.


If you add the dots together they’ll lead you to C19. His inner team have all died of Covid just in the last month.

That’s the clue! If it was a heart condition, it wouldn’t have been a secret.
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+3 #12 Lakwena 2021-03-18 12:37
As usual, Africans do not die. They are in one way or another killed.

Even if it is Covid-19, someone must be behind; that pushed the hands of Covid to kill Dr. Pombe Magufuli.

Even if John P Magufuli (RIP) had died of acute malaria, someone must have been responsible for sending the particular mosquito, which infected him with the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum.

Eish! Wachireba?

In other words and God forbid, how many aggrieved Ugandans; whose loved ones have been abducted and gone missing and are being mocked by the regime, would wish that it was "Our Problem of Africa" than the Democratic Tazanian Magufuli
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0 #13 Webz 2021-03-18 18:07
Great irony at work. The man vehemently opposed all activity against coronavirus for good reason.

What astounded the entire world is to declare Tanzania free of the disease, and urged his people to ignore it.

It's too late for him now to make a turn-around. Please, be ware of the African quark leaders.
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0 #14 Akot 2021-03-18 19:57
Quoting Oruk Charles:
I thought he died of heart problem? African should stop thinking that, every death is COVID-19.

The coming of COVID-19 did not kill all the other diseases that use to kill people including heart attack. Great leaders like you in Africa are not allowed to be in power for long. Rest in peace great president.


Thanks.

This should be awakening call for tribalistically divided ruled Ugandans, especially as our people are busy ensuring no one even,not even Bobi Wine, is helped to ensure alternative & continuity of Uganda!

If it was Museveni dead, what would be the situation in the tribally divided ruled Uganda with every institution fighting to ensure Museveni's rule while the people just watch in silence?

How long do Ugandans believe Museveni will live?
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0 #15 Akot 2021-03-18 20:07
Quoting Omuzira Ente:
May his sole rest in Internal Peace (RIP).

If we all knew that death has no boundaries, we would not , kill and look at opposition leaders as rebels some now call then Terrorists.

... just being declared winner and eventual shearing does not guarantee you life to complete that stolen term.

To the citizens , we only have to use peaceful means to express our dissatisfaction to any Regime or party that over stays in power instead of reasoning they use guns to silence the opposition.

The world is now a global village that what affects the Chines in Wuhan can easily affect the innocent Karimojong in remote Africa.

democracy must be seen to be done not to just talk about it like what the Judiciary in Uganda is now doing.


Thanks.

Ugandans MUST end Museveni's rule in UNITY, before he drops dead in the tribally divided military ruled ruled zone!
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0 #16 Akot 2021-03-18 20:15
Quoting Lakwena:
As usual, Africans do not die. They are in one way or another killed.

someone must be behind; that pushed the hands of Covid to kill Dr. Pombe Magufuli.

Even if John P Magufuli (RIP) had died of acute malaria, someone must have been responsible for sending the particular mosquito, which infected him with the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum.

God forbid, how many aggrieved Ugandans; whose loved ones have been abducted and gone missing and are being mocked by the regime, would wish that it was "Our Problem of Africa" than the Democratic Tazanian Magufuli


Thanks.

Ugandans MUST end the tribalistic system before Museveni drops dead!

Tribal leaders MUST stand down & Kyagulany given chance to UNITE & lead Ugandans to form the kind of governance they want NOW!
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+1 #17 WADADA rogers 2021-03-18 21:30
Oh dear, Magufuli was still very young and patriotic, i wish the oldest east African President had died in his place
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0 #18 rubangakene 2021-03-19 01:20
Today we mourn one of the Greats of Africa! President Magufuli will be remembered for his no-nonsense, hands-on approach to leadership style.

"HAPA NI KAZI TUU" (only hard work matters) was his first popular motto to both friends and foes. He will also be fondly remembered for putting "terror" into lazy and corrupt government officials and private individuals in Tanzania society.

My heart goes out to his family and the people of that great nation: "PUMZIKE KWA AMANI!" (R.I.P)
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+1 #19 juwait kali 2021-03-19 10:25
I hope the next Tanzanian President respects democratic values and opposition in Uganda.

Pombe was the first to congratulate dictator M7 hmm. It seems who ever goes against NUP..... RIP.
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