John Magufuli: Tanzania’s president dies aged 61


Tanzania’s controversial president John Magufuli has died aged 61, the country’s vice president confirmed on Wednesday, more than two weeks after he was last seen in public.

Samia Suluhu Hassan said in a state TV address that Mr Magufuli died from heart complications at a hospital in Dar es Salaam, about 270 miles east of Tanzania capital Dodoma.

“It is with deep regret that I inform you that today… we lost our brave leader, the president of the Republic of Tanzania, John Pombe Magufuli,” Ms Hassan added.

Speculation had been rife in East Africa and among opposition politicians in Tanzania that Mr Magufuli, a Covid sceptic, had died from the deadly disease, although this has not been confirmed.

Mr Magufuli was last seen in public at an event in Dar es Salaam on 27 February by an opposition leader who urged the government to tell the public about the president’s alleged condition, saying citizens had the right to know about his health.


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