Tanzania's President Magufuli Dies

John Pombe Magufuli, the Tanzanian president who has been missing in public since February 27 died of heart complications in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday March 17, 2021. He was 61. Vice-President Samia Suluhu made the announcement on television. President Magufuli's death brings to a close weeks of speculation on his whereabouts and health, write John Kamau and Aggrey Mutambo in Kenya's Daily Nation. According to the Tanzanian constitution, the Vice President takes over the remainder of the term. Magufuli, nicknamed 'The Bulldozer' for pushing through projects when he worked as Minister for Works, had been missing in action since February 27, leading to rumours that he was seriously ill. A known skeptic of Covid-19, Magufuli refused to lock down his country when neighbours did so to reduce infections.


Tanzanian President John Magufuli outside State House in Dar es Salaam on August 15, 2019, during a state visit by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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