Tanzanian counselor and vice president Samia Hassan announced the death of President John Magufuli after his health deteriorated as a result of infection with the Coronavirus.
She said: “Dear Tanzanians, it is sad to announce that today, March 17, 2021, at around 6 pm, we lost our brave leader, President John Magufuli, who died of heart disease in Mazina Hospital in Dar es Salaam, where he was receiving treatment for Coronavirus.”
She added, “Burial arrangements are underway,” announcing 14 days of mourning in the country and flags at half-mast in the country.
Last Friday, Prime Minister Qassem Majaliwa said he had “spoken to Magufuli,” blaming the president’s illness on some Tanzanians who are dissenters and who live abroad.
Earlier in the day, Tondo Liso, leader of the Tanzanian opposition, quoted medical and security sources as saying that “the president was airlifted to a private Nairobi hospital in neighboring Kenya, then to India while he was in a coma.” However, the Tanzanian Broadcasting Corporation quoted Prime Minister Qasim Magalwa His denial of that.
Magufuli, 61, appeared in good health when he was seen in his last public appearance on February 27, when he was appointed a new office at the presidential headquarters in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital.
Magufuli disappointed the World Health Organization’s hopes during the pandemic after underestimating the danger posed by “Covid-19”, saying, “God and natural remedies such as steam inhalation will protect the people of Tanzania.”
The former professor of chemistry also mocked Corona’s tests, condemning the vaccines. He considered part of a “Western conspiracy to seize Africa’s wealth,” and he opposed masks and social distancing restrictions.