President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared a seven-day national mourning period in honour of the late Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli who died on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.
The East African Community chairperson stated that the Kenyan flag and that of East African Community would be flown at half-mast at all public building and public grounds in honour of the late Tanzania’s Head of state.
In his message of condolence to Tanzanians, the head of state described Magufuli as a true friend, a colleague and a visionary leader whose strong legacy will be remembered by many generations.
“I have lost a friend, a colleague and a visionary ally. In recognition of his strong legacy,….. I hereby order and direct the Republic of Kenya to observe a seven-day mourning. The flag of the East African Community and the flag of the Republic of Kenya, shall be flown at half-mast at all public building and public grounds,” President Uhuru said.
According to an announcement made by Tanzania’s Vice President Samia Suluhu on the state television, President Magufuli died from heart-related complications.
While announcing the death of President Magufuli, the vice president revealed that the head of state began feeling unwell and was taken to Jakaya Kikwete Heart Institute on Saturday, March 6, 2021.
However, he was discharged from the hospital on Sunday, March 7, 2021 after an assessment by cardiac specialists.
According to the Tanzanian constitution, the vice president will be sworn in to assume the office as the president for the reminder of the term.
“Where the office of president becomes vacant because of death, resignation, loss of electoral qualifications or inability to perform his functions due to physical infirmity, or failure to discharge the duties and functions of the Office of President, then the vice-president shall be sworn in and become the president for the unexpired period of the term of five years and in accordance with the conditions set out in Article 40,” Tanzania’s constitution reads.