US mourns death of President of Tanzania

  • Ill-fated Tanzanian President, John Magufuli
“Awe extend our condolences to the Tanzanians, lamenting the death of President John Pombe Magufuli, “said US State Department spokesman Ned Price in a statement. Ned Price added that the country will continue to “work with the Government of Tanzania to improve ties between the American and Tanzanian peoples”.

According to the same statement, “the United States remains committed to continuing to support Tanzanians, in their defense of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as in the fight to combat the covid-19 pandemic.

“We hope that Tanzania can move forward on a democratic and prosperous path,” said the American spokesman.

The President of the Republic of Tanzania, John Magufuli, died today at the age of 61 from heart disease, according to information provided by the country’s vice president, Samia Suluhu, after weeks of speculation about his health.

“It is with great regret that I inform you that today, March 17, 2021, at 6:00 pm (3:00 pm in Lisbon), we have lost our courageous leader, President John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania,” said Samia Suluhu Hassan.
Hassan said the head of state died at Emilio Mzena Hospital, a government structure in Dar es Salaam, where he was being treated, adding that he suffered from heart problems for 10 years.

“The country will be in mourning for two weeks,” added Suhulu.

Magufuli, who has not appeared in public since February 27, giving rise to several rumors about his health, died in Dar es Salam, Tanzania’s economic capital, Suhulu said.

Rumors about Magufuli’s health had been circulating for weeks, saying that he would have sought medical help abroad after being infected with the new coronavirus, according to opposition in the country.

Magufuli was one of the most prominent African denialists of covid-19, having said that Tanzania was “free” from covid-19, because of the prayers of Tanzanians.

Re-elected in October for a second term, Magufuli, nicknamed “bulldozer”, came to power in 2015, promising to fight corruption.

His first term was marked, according to many human rights organizations, by an authoritarian drift, repeated attacks on the opposition and the retreat of fundamental freedoms.

Also Read: John Magufuli, the ‘bulldozer’ president who never believed in Covid-19

 

Source: time24.com

According to the same statement, “the United States remains committed to continuing to support Tanzanians, in their defense of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as in the fight to combat the covid-19 pandemic.

“We hope that Tanzania can move forward on a democratic and prosperous path,” said the American spokesman.

The President of the Republic of Tanzania, John Magufuli, died today at the age of 61 from heart disease, according to information provided by the country’s vice president, Samia Suluhu, after weeks of speculation about his health.

“It is with great regret that I inform you that today, March 17, 2021, at 6:00 pm (3:00 pm in Lisbon), we have lost our courageous leader, President John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania,” said Samia Suluhu Hassan.
Hassan said the head of state died at Emilio Mzena Hospital, a government structure in Dar es Salaam, where he was being treated, adding that he suffered from heart problems for 10 years.

“The country will be in mourning for two weeks,” added Suhulu.

Magufuli, who has not appeared in public since February 27, giving rise to several rumors about his health, died in Dar es Salam, Tanzania’s economic capital, Suhulu said.

Rumors about Magufuli’s health had been circulating for weeks, saying that he would have sought medical help abroad after being infected with the new coronavirus, according to opposition in the country.

Magufuli was one of the most prominent African denialists of covid-19, having said that Tanzania was “free” from covid-19, because of the prayers of Tanzanians.

Re-elected in October for a second term, Magufuli, nicknamed “bulldozer”, came to power in 2015, promising to fight corruption.

His first term was marked, according to many human rights organizations, by an authoritarian drift, repeated attacks on the opposition and the retreat of fundamental freedoms.

Also Read: John Magufuli, the ‘bulldozer’ president who never believed in Covid-19

 

Source: time24.com