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Africa News of Friday, 19 March 2021

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Leaders mourn Tanzania's Magufuli

Tanzania's President John Magufuli died on March 17, 2021, the government announced. | FILE | NMG Tanzania's President John Magufuli died on March 17, 2021, the government announced. | FILE | NMG

Condolence messages flowed in Thursday as leaders mourned Tanzanian President John Magufuli, declaring national mourning periods and flags to fly at half-mast.

Then Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan announced Magufuli’s death on Wednesday evening, ending weeks of speculation over the president’s health and whereabouts. Ms Suluhu took oath as president on Friday, becoming the country’s sixth president and first female head of state.

On Thursday, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta declared seven days of national mourning and ordered flags in all public spaces and diplomatic missions to be flown at half-mast.

He eulogised Magufuli as a friend, a colleague, and a visionary ally whom he worked with closely to forge lasting bonds between Kenya and Tanzania.

"On behalf of the Government and People of Kenya, I convey our sincere condolences to the First Lady of Tanzania, HE Mrs Janet Magufuli, their children and his entire family; and affirm our deep solidarity with the Government and People of Tanzania during this challenging time. Tanzania remains in our thoughts and prayers," President said.

Burundi’s President Evariste Ndayishimiye declared seven days of national mourning starting Thursday.

“I am terribly saddened to learn the passing of my friend and brother H.E John Pombe Magufuli...My thoughts and prayers go out to the government and people of Tanzania for the loss of a great leader,” he said.

South Sudan’s Salva Kiir declared three days of national mourning.

“The People of the Republic of South Sudan are deeply saddened and grieving with their brothers and sisters in the United Republic of Tanzania. At this moment, the people of the Republic of South Sudan stand in solidarity with the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania,” he said in a condolence message on Thursday.

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