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What Killed Tanzanian President John Magufuli

Shadrack Olaka

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The fifth President of Tanzania John Pombe Magufuli dies from heart disease, the Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan has confirmed on Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation, TBC.

He was born on 29th of October, 1959, in Chato Tanzania. He had a wife Janet and two children Jessica and Joseph.

A disturbed Vice President Hassan announced 2 weeks of mourning and that the state is arranging for his burial. Flags will fly half-mast.

Magufuli was elected Tanzania’s fifth President in the year 2015 on a CCM ticket and he was serving his second term after winning in a disputed election last year with a landslide.

The previous week, rumours had it that Magufuli had been flown to Nairobi in a critical condition and was admitted to one of Nairobi’s major private hospitals.

This was after two weeks without appearing in public which wasn’t normal habit to Tanzanians for he was always seen on television up to four times a week.

The late president initially was a Covid-19 denier claiming that the coronavirus might have been invented by the ”enemies of Africa”.

He influenced Tanzanians not to wear masks and he, instead encouraged people to pray against the pandemic.

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The stadiums would carry to the full capacity just like busy shopping centres.

Tanzanians at one point staged a Covid eviction party.

Howbeit, he swallowed his pride when the disease began to claim the lives of prominent Tanzanians even the big shots in his government.

He also reviewed his hard-line stance on masks and advised his citizens to only use the locally-manufactured ones.

Of late, the Tanzanian Opposition leader Tundu Lissu lit some fire on Twitter for questioning on the health of President John Magufuli.

The police in Tanzania also arrested a man for allegedly spreading false reports that the president was critically ill in the Kinondoni area of Dar es Salaam.

The first high-profile death to be reported in Tanzania was that of Seif Sharif Hamad(Zanzibar’s First Vice President) on 17th of February.

Tanzanian government hid the cause of the death but the ACT-Wazalendo party revealed that Hamad and his wife had tested positive for Covid-19.

5 days later, Prof Benno Ndulu, a former governor of Bank of Tanzania died. Again details on the cause of death was hidden.

The Catholic Church in Tanzania had recently announced that 60 nuns and 25 priests had died in the last two months after showing Covid-19 symptoms and warned the country to observe Covid-19 protocols seriously.

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