President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared a seven-day of national mourning in honour of the late Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli.
Addressing the nation from State House, Nairobi on Thursday, 18th March President Uhuru Kenyatta also directed that the East African Community (EAC) and Kenyan flags at all public buildings, grounds, and all Kenya’s diplomatic missions abroad to be flown at half-mast starting today until sunset on the evening of Magufuli’s burial.
“On behalf of the government and the people of Kenya I convey sincere condolences to the First Lady of Tanzania Her Excellency Janet Magufuli, their children and the entire Magufuli family and indeed affirm our solidarity with the government and people of Tanzania during this challenging time. They remain in our thoughts and prayers,” said Uhuru.
“Africa has lost an illustrious leader whose vision and passion and immense leadership propelled the nation of Tanzania forward. On the continental stage, the late Magufuli was a champion of Pan Africanism.”
President Magufuli’s death was announced on Wednesday evening, 17th March by Vice President Samia Suluhu.
Suluhu said that President Magufuli succumbed to heart disease at the Emilio Mzena Memorial Hospital hospital in Dar es Salaam.
She also announced a 14-day period of mourning as burial arrangements are being made. During this period, all flags in Tanzania will fly at half-mast.
President Magufuli was born in Chato, northwest Tanzania, in October 1959. He studied chemistry and maths at the University of Dar es Salaam and worked as a chemistry and maths teacher.
He was first elected as an MP in 1995 and became a Minister of Works, Transport and an from 2000 to 2005. He was first elected as the president of Tanzania in 2015 and re-elected in 2020 for a second term.
Magufuli survived by his wife Janet, his daughter Jessica and son Joseph.