Dr. John Pombe Magufuli died at the age of 61 on Wednesday 17th March 2021. It was reported that he succumbed to heart complications.
Previously, Dar es Salaam residents were allowed to say their final goodbyes to the president on Saturday and Sunday at Uhuru Stadium.
Today’s ceremony was also attended by other dignitaries including the Presdient of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa; DRC President, Félix Tshisekedi; The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta; Zambia’s President, Edgar Lungu; the President of Namibia, Hage Gottfried Geingob and the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa.
As he addressed gathered mourners, Premier Ngirente expressed condolences to Tanzanians highlighting that Magufuli’s legacy will be remembered.
“On behalf of His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame; On behalf of the Government of Rwanda; I would like to extend our sincere condolences, and deepest sympathy to the People and the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania for the loss of the patriotic leader, His Excellence , Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli,” he said.
“The Government of Rwanda has had a privilege of working closely with His Excellency Magufuli not only as an East African community integration champion but also as a great contributor strengthening Rwanda, Tanzania bilateral relations. His Legacy, will always be remembered, “added Ngirente.
Since Magufuli took office in 2015, Rwanda, Tanzania relations revitalized following tensions that had mired both countries relationship during the leadership of former President Jakaya Kikwete.
Magufuli was a close friend to Rwanda. After election in 2015, Magufuli made his first foreign trip to Rwanda in 2016.
Following his demise, President Kagame on 18th March 2021 condoled with Tanzanians and eulogized Magufuli as a brother, and panafrican who strived for great things in Tanzania and the region.
“We are saddened by the loss of my brother and friend, President Magufuli. His contribution to his country & to our region will not be forgotten. My deepest condolences to his family and the people of Tanzania. The people of Rwanda stand with Tanzania during this difficult time,” he said via Twitter handle.
John Pombe Magufuli died few months after re-election for the second term.
After the State Funeral, Magufuli is expected to be buried at his native land in Chato.
Magufuli was born on 29th October 1959.