PRESIDENT John Magufuli, one of Africa’s a lot of well-known Covid sceptics, has actually died from “heart problems” at the age of 61.
The president of Tanzania had not been seen in public because last month, stimulating rumours he had caught coronavirus – but authorities denied he had actually fallen ill from the fatal bug.
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Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan, 61, announced Magufuli’s death in a televised nationwide address today.
She said the president passed away from cardiovascular disease and announced 14 days of nationwide grieving.
” Dear Tanzanians, we are sad to reveal that today, around 6pm, we lost our brave leader, President John Magufuli, who passed away from heart health problem at Mzena hospital in Dar es Salaam where he was getting treatment,” she stated on state broadcaster TBC.
Magufuli had annoyed the World Health Organisation throughout the pandemic by playing down the danger from Covid, stating god and treatments such as steam inhalation would secure Tanzanians.
The previous chemistry teacher mocked coronavirus tests, denounced vaccines as part of a Western conspiracy to take Africa’s wealth, and opposed mask-wearing and social distancing.
Magufuli was nicknamed “The Bulldozer” due to his credibility for pushing through policies despite opposition.
Tanzania stopped reporting coronavirus data in May last year when it had actually reported 509 cases and 21 deaths, according to the WHO.
Magufuli declared prayer had actually saved the country from the coronavirus pandemic.
” That’s why we are all not using face masks here. You think we don’t fear dying? It’s due to the fact that there is no Covid-19,” he stated.
First elected in 2015, Magufuli was Tanzania’s first president to pass away while in workplace.
Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa insisted last week that the president was “healthy and striving” and blamed the rumours surrounding the president’s health on “despiteful” Tanzanians living abroad.
Tundu Lissu, Magufuli’s primary competitor in the October election when the president won a second five-year term, claimed that he had been flown to Kenya for treatment for Covid and transferred to India in a coma.
Magufuli was re-elected for a 2nd term in 2020, winning 84 percent of the vote in an election – however the opposition said the election was afflicted by irregularities and rejected the results.
After his death was revealed, opposition leader Zitto Kabwe said he had spoken to Vice President Hassan to offer acknowledgements.
” The country will remember him for his contribution to the development of our country,” Kabwe said in a declaration on Twitter.
According to Tanzania’s Constitution, Vice President Hassan ought to presume the presidency for the remainder of Magufuli’s five-year term.
She would be the East African country’s very first female president.
Born in the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar, Hassan studied economics in the UK and worked for the UN’s World Food Programme.
She then held numerous federal government posts prior to becoming Tanzania’s first female vice president in 2015.
Hassan stated Magufuli was confessed on March 6 to Jakaya Kikwete Heart Institute for heart issues and he was discharged the next day.
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However he was hurried to Mzena health center a week later on where he received treatment from the heart institute before he passed away.
During his time in workplace, Magufuli expanded complimentary education, rural electrification and invested in infrastructure projects such as trains, a hydropower dam, and the revival of the nationwide airline company.
His federal government also passed a series of laws to increase Tanzania’s stake in its mineral resources and demanded countless dollars in back taxes from foreign mining companies.