Tanzania’s President John Magufuli
Few days after being transferred to India to continue treatment, Tanzanian President John Magufuli has been announced Dead.
In a televised address on Thursday night, Tanzania vice-president Samia Suluhu Hassan said that Magufuli had died of heart complications.
Hassan said that Magufuli was hospitalised on March 6 at the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute.
She also announced that the country would get into a 14-day period of mourning as arrangements for the burial are made.
During this period, all flags in Tanzania will fly at half-mast, Hassan announced.
This comes after weeks of speculation on his whereabouts with the suspicion that he had been hospitalized for Covid-19.
Magufuli was born on October 29, 1959, in Chato, Tanzania, and has been in office since 2015 as the fifth president.
He was serving his second term that was to run until 2025 after controversially winning the Presidential election in 2020.