The President of Tanzania, John Magufuli has passed away at the age of 61 years old after an illness that saw him disappear from public life for over 2 weeks. This was disclosed by the Vice President, Samia Suluhu Hassan in a broadcast on Wednesday evening.
The message in the broadcast reads;
“Dear Tanzanians, it is sad to announce that today 17th March 2021 around 6 p.m. we lost our brave leader, President John Magufuli who died from heart disease at Mzena hospital in Dar es Salaam where he was getting treatment,” the vice president stated.
John Magufuli had not been seen in public since the 24th of February, 2021. The Vice President, Samia Suluhu Hassan, will be sworn in and complete the rest of the five-year term that Magufuli began serving last year after winning a second term, becoming Tanzania’s first female president
John Magufuli was born in Chato, north-west Tanzania in 1959, and studied Chemistry and Maths at the University of Dar es Salaam, after which he worked as a Teacher and Industrial Chemist before he entered Politics.
He was elected as Member of Parliament in 1995, Minister in 2000 and became President of Tanzania in 2015.