After some weeks of uncertainty over the health and whereabouts of President John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania,Vice President, Samia Suluhu Hassan late on Wednesday disclosed his demise.
Suluhu In a televised address to the nation said the 61-year-old president had died of a “heart condition”, which he has suffered for a decade, at a hospital in Dar-Es-Salaam.
The Vice President said, Magufuli had first been briefly admitted to the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute on March 6, but was subsequently discharged.
But he was rushed to hospital again on March 14 after feeling unwell.
After the death was announced, opposition leader Zitto Kabwe said he had spoken to Hassan to offer condolences for Magufuli’s death. “The nation will remember him for his contribution to the development of our country,” Kabwe said in a statement published on Twitter.