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President John Magufuli of Tanzania Dies at 61

President John Magufuli’s death comes after he had remained out of sight since late February, amid rumours that he has Covid-19. Tanzania’s Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan announced the leader’s death during a televised national address. The news comes days after the VP’s comments, that seemed to refer to Magufuli without mentioning him by name.

“I want to confirm to you Tanzania is safe. It’s normal for a human being to undergo checkups like flu and fever and could suffer other illnesses. I want to plead with Tanzanians, if there was a time to hold together is now. This is the time to build unity. It’s not a time to listen to information coming from outside,” she said.


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