Tanzania’s President John Magufuli died aged 61.
He died on Wednesday 17th March 2021 from heart complications at a hospital in Dar es Salaam, Samia Suluhu Hassan said in an address on state television.
Magufuli had not been seen in public for more than two weeks, and rumours have been circulating about his health.
Opposition politicians said last week that he had contracted Covid-19, but this has not been confirmed.
In a statement released yesterday, EABC described Magufuli as a patriotic, intellectual pan-African leader highlighting that the council will follow his great vision of unity, peace and industrialization for the economic growth and prosperity of the East African Community.
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Thursday, 18th March 2021, Arusha, Tanzania: - The Chairman, Board of Directors, Management and Members of the East African Business Council (EABC) convey deepest condolences and sympathy to the family, citizens and the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania for the loss of H.E. Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, President of the United Republic of Tanzania and Member of the Summit of the EAC Heads of State.
President Magufuli was a patriotic, intellectual pan-African leader. H.E. Magufuli pioneered the vision of Tanzania ya Viwanda, Standard Gauge Railway, revived Air Tanzania, Julius Nyerere Hydropower among other landmark achievements, that have delivered prosperity to the citizens of the United Republic of Tanzania and the EAC region. His exemplary stewardship led to economic growth elevating the United Republic of Tanzania to middle-income status.
President Magufuli in his tenure as the Chair of the Summit of EAC Heads of State launched and endorsed the East African Businesses Code of Conduct, calling for joint efforts in the fight against corruption in the EAC region.
President Magufuli was at the forefront of promoting the socio-economic role of the private sector, an avid advocate for industrialization, infrastructure development and revitalization of the energy sector in the EAC. President Magufuli bolstered regional local content and value chains.
H.E. Dr. Magufuli remains strong in our hearts and it is our duty to follow his great vision of unity, peace and industrialization for the economic growth and prosperity of our beloved East African Community.
East African Business Council stands in solidarity with the people and Government of the United Republic of Tanzania during this difficult time.
May his soul rest in eternal peace.