Tanzanian President's Absence Sparks Rumours

Kenya's Nation newspaper is reporting that the country's government is uncharacteristically tight-lipped about the reported presence of Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli at one of Nairobi's top private hospitals. The publication says there are reports - which it has not yet been able to conclusively confirm - that a senior Cabinet minister from Magufuli's government has also been also admitted to the same facility with respiratory disease, possibly Covid-19. There have been reports that Magufuli, who has not been seen in public for almost two weeks, was flown in to Nairobi, apparently to receive treatment for a cardiac condition and a respiratory complaint, possibly Covid-19 or tuberculosis. Tanzanian officials have taken to social media to dismiss such reports. The Nairobi Hospital has also not responded to requests for comment, citing patient confidentiality.

Tanzanian opposition leader Tundu Lissu has said in an interview that Magufuli has been flown to India for treatment, an assertion that Nation has not independently confirmed. Magufuli has been under fire for saying that Covid-19 is a lie, urging citizens to get on with their lives. He recently admitted that Covid-19 is spreading in his country but has continued insisting that prayer and traditional medicine are the solution.

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