John Magufuli

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Tanzania: President Magufuli dies at the age of 61
John Magufuli
John Magufuli Credit: Issa Michuzi (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

John Magufuli, the president of Tanzania, died at the age of 61 after not being seen in public for two weeks. The official statement said he died of a heart condition. Tundu Lissu, the opposition leader, previously claimed Magufuli had contracted Coronavirus and aides of Magufuli reportedly also got infected with Coronavirus. Magufuli had been a prominent Coronavirus denier.

Regional News • Africa
Tanzania: Former President Benjamin Mkapa dies aged 81
The late Benjamin William Mkapa, third President of Tanzania, during World Economic Forum on Africa 2010.
The late Benjamin William Mkapa, third President of Tanzania, during World Economic Forum on Africa 2010. Credit: Copyright World Economic Forum (www.weforum.org)/Photo by Aly Ramji / Mediapix / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Benjamin Mkapa, the former President of Tanzanzia, has died at age 81. The news were broadcasted by Tanzania’s president John Pombe Magufuli alongside a declaration of a seven-day national mourning period.

Mkapa led from 1995 to 2005 and was the leader of regional peace mediation efforts. He also played a part in the ending of the post-election violence in Kenya in 2007.