Magufuli, 61, died on Wednesday at a hospital in Dar es Salaam. His death was announced by the then Vice President Samia Suhulu. Today, President Museveni visited the Tanzanian High Commission to pay tribute to Magufuli where he signed a condolence book.
President Yoweri Museveni has paid tribute to the former Tanzanian
President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli describing him as a dedicated servant of Tanzania,
East Africa and the entire continent.
Magufuli, 61, died on Wednesday at a hospital in Dar es Salaam. His death was
announced by the then Vice President Samia Suhulu. Today, President Museveni visited the Tanzanian High Commission to pay tribute
to Magufuli where he signed a condolence book.
He said that it is unfortunate that he is mourning Magufuli
on the day he was supposed to be in the country to sign key agreements for
commercialization of the proposed East African Crude Oil Pipeline between
Uganda, Tanzania, and Total SE, the parent company of Total E &P.
Museveni said that two weeks ago, he wrote to Magufuli jokingly telling
him that today would be a double victory day because 42-years ago, on March, 21, the Tanzanian People’s Defence Forces (TPDF) together with Uganda
Freedom fighters led by President Museveni had defeated the Army of President
Idi Amin in Rugando, Mbarara.
He said that Magufuli’s death is a sad occurrence that has left a
great challenge in not only Tanzania but the whole of Africa.
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He also said that that leaders should emulate Magufuli's legacy of being a
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On Saturday, President Museveni declared 14 days of mourning in
honour of the deceased leader. Museveni also directed that the flags of Uganda
and that of the East African community shall be flown are half-mast throughout
Uganda’s missions abroad.
On Friday, Sami Hassan Suluhu, who was Magufuli’s Vice
President was sworn in as the first female president of Tanzania.