Tanzania: Museveni Eulogises Gallant Son of Africa

CCM president-elect Dr John Pombe Magufuli and vice president-elect Samia Suluhu Hassan in 2015.

UGANDA President Yoweri Museveni has delivered a heartfelt condolence message, as he joined in the morning of departed gallant son of Africa Dr John Magufuli.

President Museveni revealed that two weeks ago, he had written to the late President Magufuli a letter that would have seen the two Heads of State meet in Entebbe, to seal the crude oil pipeline deal on March 22nd, a day in which Tanzania held a state funeral for the late leader, who passed on last Wednesday.

President Museveni gloomily narrated this at a small gathering of Ugandan government leaders in Kampala, as they paid their respects to the late Tanzanian President Dr Magufuli.

"Two weeks ago, I wrote to Magufuli about the oil pipeline. This was because today (March 22nd generation-leaders of his calibre remain rare," he said.

He appreciated Zanzibaris from Unguja and Pemba for their huge turnout, a clear indication that Tanzanians remain united and lovely.

Dr Mwinyi asked wananchi to use this mourning period to cement national unity as the best way to honour Dr Magufuli who firmly defended the Union and the 1964 Zanzibar revolutions.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, welcoming Dr Mwinyi to address the grief stricken audience, described the untimely death of Dr Magufuli as a big loss to the nation but pleaded with all Tanzanians to remain calm during "this trying moment that the country is passing through."

He assured that under President Samia, the country remains in safe hands and all Tanzanians have to do is to accord her cordial cooperation to move forward.

Earlier, Zanzibar-based religious leaders-R oman Catholic B ishop Augustine, Anglican B ishop Michael Hafidhi and Deputy Chief Kadhi Hassan Ngwali- prayed for the body of the late Magufuli at the stadium prior to the paying of last respects.

Besides Dr Mwinyi, at the stadium were First V ice-President Othman Masoud Othman, Second V ice-President Hemed Suleiman Abdalla, Secretary to R evolutionary Council and Chief Secretary Engineer Zena Ahmed Said and almost all cabinet members.

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