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Tanzania’s president dies aged 61 from ‘coronary heart problems’ after rumours covid-sceptic chief had contracted virus

Tanzania’s president dies aged 61 from ‘heart complications’ after rumours covid-sceptic leader had contracted virus


PRESIDENT John Magufuli, one in every of Africa’s most infamous Covid sceptics, has died from “coronary heart problems” on the age of 61.

The president of Tanzania had not been seen in public since final month, sparking rumours he had caught coronavirus – however officers denied he had fallen sick from the lethal bug.

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The president of Tanzania had not been seen in public since final month[/caption]

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Magufuli annoyed the WHO throughout the pandemic by enjoying down the menace from Covid[/caption]

Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan, 61, introduced Magufuli’s loss of life in a televised nationwide deal with at this time.

She mentioned the president died from coronary heart illness and introduced 14 days of nationwide mourning.

“Expensive Tanzanians, we’re unhappy to announce that at this time, round 6pm, we misplaced our courageous chief, President John Magufuli, who died from coronary heart sickness at Mzena hospital in Dar es Salaam the place he was getting remedy,” she mentioned on state broadcaster TBC.

Magufuli had annoyed the World Well being Organisation throughout the pandemic by enjoying down the menace from Covid, saying god and cures equivalent to steam inhalation would shield Tanzanians.

The previous chemistry instructor mocked coronavirus checks, denounced vaccines as a part of a Western conspiracy to take Africa‘s wealth, and opposed mask-wearing and social distancing.

Magufuli was nicknamed “The Bulldozer” resulting from his repute for pushing by way of insurance policies regardless of opposition.

Tanzania stopped reporting coronavirus information in Could final 12 months when it had reported 509 instances and 21 deaths, in accordance with the WHO.

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Prince William with John Magufuli, who has died on the age of 61[/caption]

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First elected in 2015, Magufuli was Tanzania’s first president to die whereas in workplace[/caption]

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Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa insisted final week that the president was ‘wholesome and dealing exhausting’[/caption]

Magufuli claimed prayer had saved the nation from the coronavirus pandemic.

“That’s why we’re all not sporting face masks right here. You assume we don’t worry dying? It’s as a result of there isn’t a Covid-19,” he mentioned.

First elected in 2015, Magufuli was Tanzania’s first president to die whereas in workplace.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa insisted final week that the president was “wholesome and dealing exhausting” and blamed the rumours surrounding the president’s well being on “hateful” Tanzanians dwelling overseas.

Tundu Lissu, Magufuli’s major rival within the October election when the president received a second five-year time period, claimed that he had been flown to Kenya for remedy for Covid and moved to India in a coma.

Magufuli was re-elected for a second time period in 2020, profitable 84 p.c of the vote in an election – however the opposition mentioned the election was stricken by irregularities and rejected the outcomes.

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Magufuli was re-elected for a second time period in 2020, profitable 84 p.c of the vote[/caption]

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Magufuli was rushed to Mzena hospital this week the place he obtained remedy from the cardiac institute[/caption]

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Magufuli being congratulated by Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame in 2015[/caption]

After his loss of life was introduced, opposition chief Zitto Kabwe mentioned he had spoken to Vice President Hassan to supply condolences.

“The nation will keep in mind him for his contribution to the event of our nation,” Kabwe mentioned in a press release on Twitter.

In line with Tanzania’s Structure, Vice President Hassan ought to assume the presidency for the rest of Magufuli’s five-year time period.

She could be the East African nation’s first feminine president.

Born within the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar, Hassan studied economics within the UK and labored for the UN’s World Meals Programme.

She then held numerous authorities posts earlier than changing into Tanzania’s first feminine vp in 2015.

Hassan mentioned Magufuli was admitted on March 6 to Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute for coronary heart issues and he was discharged the following day.


However he was rushed to Mzena hospital every week later the place he obtained remedy from the cardiac institute earlier than he died.

Throughout his time in workplace, Magufuli expanded free training, rural electrification and invested in infrastructure tasks equivalent to railways, a hydropower dam, and the revival of the nationwide airline.

His authorities additionally handed a sequence of legal guidelines to extend Tanzania’s stake in its mineral assets and demanded hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in again taxes from overseas mining corporations.