John Magufuli, whose absence in public since February 27 had sparked numerous rumors about his health, died in Dar es Salaam, the country's economic capital.
The President of Tanzania, John Magufuli, has died at the age of 61 of heart disease, according to the vice president of the African country, Samia Suluhu, in a televised message to the nation on Wednesday.
About his health since February 27, Magufuli, who was publicly absent, passed away on Wednesday around the local time 6:00 in Dar es Salam, the economic capital of Tanzania, he said. Suhulu on TBC state television.
According to the Vice President, last week, the President was admitted to the hospital for disease. He revealed I had cardiac disease for some years.
The country will remain in mourning for two weeks. Suhulu said because he felt sorrowful from the heart. The vice-president last Monday asked his colleagues for unity and hinted that the Magufuli might fall ill.
According to the opposition, rumors have increased manifold about the state chief's health since his public exposure on February 27. This Covid-19 denier may have tried medical help abroad after being affected by the Virus. However, that extreme has not been officially confirmed to date.
It is not unusual for an individual body to be unwell and catch flu or fever. This is quite normal. But for Tanzania, it's time to be united through prayer. Suhulu said.
Without specifying who she was speaking of, the vice president pointed out that many rumors were circulating not to disturb Tanzanians. Tanzania people should work unitedly, survive together and grow our nation.
The stories you hear do not originate in Tanzania. They are from outside the country, "he said.
This was a second time, in less than a week, the government tried to dismiss stories about the President's absence.
Last Friday, the Tanzanian PM Kassim Majaliwa blamed the diaspora for considering the Magufuli's whereabouts to stir up hatred.
Majaliwa said he talked to the President by calling on Friday and was involved with reading documents.
Tanzanians can be sure that their President is close, healthy, and working hard," said the prime minister.
Magufuli was last seen in public on February 27 at the swearing-in ceremony of his chief of staff, which took place at Dar es Salaam's presidential residence.
The exiled leader of the opposition, Tundu Lissu, who lost the presidential elections last October to Magufuli, said last week on his Twitter account that the President traveled to India in critical condition after having been evacuated first to the neighbor. Kenya to receive treatment for covid-19.
Opponent, exiled in Belgium, this Monday, The leader said, my own sources of TSS (Tanzania's intelligence and security service) say that the (President) is in immediate care with the Covid and disabled from one side and one stroke.
The pandemic's actual situation in Tanzania is unknown due to the lack of transparency and denial that the authorities have maintained, with Magufuli at the head.
Shortly after the first case of Covid 19 in March 2020, the President asserted, "corona (Virus) is a devil and cannot survive in the body of Christ.
His policy was then based on asking his compatriots to "pray" to combat the disease and criticizing the West's measures.
Since the end of April 2020, Tanzania has not published an official figure of the disease, which left infections stagnant at 509, of which 21 died. In June, the head of the state said epidemic in the country due to religious interruption.
In February, Tanzania, which required to be "free" of COVID-19 thanks to prayers, saw a wave of deaths formally connected to pneumonia.
Prominent personalities were affected, such as the Zanzibar Archipelago Vice President Seif Sharif Hamad, who passed away, forcing Magufuli to half-admit the Virus's presence Tanzania.
In 2015 John Magufuli ruled East African country. And the father of three children.