Tanzania President Magufuli Dies Of ‘Coronary heart Situation’

Tanzania President Magufuli Dies Of ‘Coronary heart Situation’

Tanzanian President John Magufuli died Wednesday aged 61 from a coronary heart situation, his vp stated, after greater than 5 years of divisive, authoritarian rule capped by his refusal to take Covid-19 critically.

Magufuli, popularly nicknamed the “Bulldozer”, had been lacking from public view for nearly three weeks, fuelling wild rumours of his ailing well being, with opposition leaders claiming he had contracted the virus.

“It’s with deep remorse that I inform you that right this moment on the seventeenth of March, 2021 at 6:00 pm we misplaced our courageous chief, the President of the Republic of Tanzania, John Pombe Magufuli,” stated vice-president Samia Suluhu Hassan.

She stated Magufuli had died of a “coronary heart situation”, which he has suffered from for a decade, at a hospital in Dar es Salaam.

He had first been briefly admitted to the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute on March 6, however was subsequently discharged, Hassan stated.





The late Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli, nicknamed the “Bulldozer,” was first elected in 2015 as a corruption-busting man of the folks
 AFP / Michele Spatari

However Magufuli had once more felt unwell and was on March 14 rushed to hospital, this time to the Emilio Mzena Memorial Hospital in Dar es Salaam.

“Our nation shall be in a mourning interval of 14 days and the flags shall fly at half-mast,” stated Hassan, including that funeral preparations had been below approach.

Magufuli final appeared in public on February 27, and the fervent Catholic had missed three Sunday companies, the place he would typically deal with the congregation, sparking concern.

Opposition chief Tundu Lissu cited sources saying that he had caught the virus, as calls for grew for data on his whereabouts and rumours took off that Magufuli was looking for remedy exterior the nation.



Under Tanzania's constitution, Vice President Samia Hassan Suluhu (L) will become the country's first female president and will consult the ruling CCM party over the appointing of a new vice president


Beneath Tanzania’s structure, Vice President Samia Hassan Suluhu (L) will turn out to be the nation’s first feminine president and can seek the advice of the ruling CCM social gathering over the appointing of a brand new vp
 AFP / Ericky BONIPHACE

Magufuli was first elected in 2015 as a corruption-busting man of the folks, endearing him to a inhabitants weary of graft scandals.

Nevertheless a slide into authoritarianism, which noticed a crackdown on the media, civil society and opposition, raised alarm amongst international allies and rights teams.

His re-election final October was dismissed by the opposition and a few diplomats as a sham, over alleged rigging, the blocking of international media and observer groups and an oppressive navy presence.

Analysts stated that Magufuli had dealt a crushing blow to democracy in one in all Africa’s most steady nations.



Magufuli re-election in October was dismissed by the opposition and some diplomats as a sham, over alleged rigging, the blocking of foreign media and observer teams and an oppressive military presence


Magufuli re-election in October was dismissed by the opposition and a few diplomats as a sham, over alleged rigging, the blocking of international media and observer groups and an oppressive navy presence
 AFP / STR

Magufuli additionally expanded free training, rural electrification and invested in infrastructure tasks resembling railways, a hydropower dam set to double electrical energy output and the revival of the nationwide airline.

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

However it’s his dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic which forged his management fashion into sharp reduction.

He championed prayer as a substitute of face masks, earlier than stopping the publication of statistics in April 2020 when the nation had recorded a complete of 509 instances and 16 deaths.

Tanzania grew to become an outlier in a area which rapidly carried out lockdowns, nightime curfews and journey restrictions to stem infections.

In Could final 12 months he revealed he had submitted quite a lot of fruit and animals to be examined for the virus and {that a} papaya, quail and goat examined optimistic, revealing “sabotage” on the nationwide laboratory.

The religious Christian, who typically took to the pulpit when he attended mass, later claimed prayer had saved the nation from Covid-19.

“That is why we’re all not carrying face masks right here. You assume we do not concern dying? It is as a result of there isn’t any Covid-19,” he stated.

Nevertheless by February, below mounting strain after the vp of semi-autonomous Zanzibar was revealed to have died from the coronavirus, Magufuli appeared to concede the virus did in reality exist.

Beneath Tanzania’s structure, Hassan will turn out to be the nation’s first feminine president and can seek the advice of the ruling CCM social gathering over the appointing of a brand new vp.

His loss of life plunges Tanzania into political actually, stated Nic Cheeseman, professor of democracy on the College of Birmingham.

“The information of Magufuli’s loss of life will essentially reshape Tanzanian politics. Having dominated the political scene since his election, he leaves one thing of a political vacuum,” Cheeseman stated.

“It will set off recent uncertainty and all eyes might be on inside CCM politics to see what offers have been struck within the ruling social gathering concerning the steadiness of energy after the transition.”


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