- He denied the existence of Corona and warned against vaccinations… and Samia Hassan is his successor.
- After denying the presence of Corona in his country and warning him about vaccinations, the death of Tanzanian President John Magufuli, who disappeared from the scene for a period of time to raise the rumors of his infection with the virus. With his death, his deputy, Samia Hassan, will become the first female head of state in the east of the African continent.
Tanzania’s Vice President, Samia Hassan, announced on state television on Wednesday evening (March 17, 2021) the death of President John Magufuli, at the age of 61, after missing two weeks from public life, prompting speculation about his health.
Magufuli was one of the most prominent skeptics about the seriousness of the emerging corona virus pandemic, and he had not appeared in public since February 27, sparking rumors of his infection with Covid-19, and officials denied on March 12 that he was ill.
“I regret to announce that today, March 17, 2021, at around 6:00 pm, we lost our brave leader, President John Magufuli, who died of heart disease in a hospital in Mazina in Dar es Salaam, where he was receiving treatment,” the vice president said on the official TBC.
She added that burial arrangements are underway and announced 14 days of mourning and flags at half-mast.
After announcing the death, opposition leader Zito Kabwe said that he had spoken to the vice president to offer condolences on Magufuli’s death. “The nation will remember him for his contribution to the development of our country,” he said in a statement posted on Twitter.