John Magufuli death: President Kenyatta has declared seven days of national mourning in honour of Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli who died on Wednesday night. While addressing the nation, President Kenyatta directed that all Kenyan and the East African Community flags in Kenya and across all diplomatic Missions aboard to be flown at half-mast during the period of mourning.
President Kenyatta eulogized Magufuli as a friend and a Pan-Africanist. “Magufuli was a champion of a Pan-Africanism. I have lost a friend and the world have lost a leader who steered the EAC and the continent,” he said. “On behalf of the government and people of Kenya I convey our Sincere condolences to the First Lady of Tanzania, Janet Magufuli.”
President Kenyatta assured Tanzania of Kenya’s support during this hard times.
He noted the world has lost an illustrious leader whose passion propelled Tanzania forward. President Kenyatta said he remembers the many times they met to discuss development of their two countries. Magufuli visited Kenya and together they launched the Southern Bypass.
“Personally, he respected me after insisting he wanted to visit my mother Mama Ngina Kenyatta. He invited me to visit him in Chatu and I got the opportunity to meet his other. We spent the night at the home,” added Uhuru.
ODM leader Raila Odinga eulogized late Tanzanian President John Magufuli as a close friend who stood by him and his family. “Its with deep sadness that I have learned of the painful moments. My condolences to his family and the people of Tanzania,” wrote Raila on Twitter.
ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi said the Tanzania Constitution should guide the country through a smooth transition as they celebrate his legacy anchored on the war against corruption and strengthening of the economy.
“It is with deep sorrow that I have learnt of the passing on of President John Pombe Magufuli of the Republic of Tanzania. I stand in solidarity with the people of Tanzania during this trying moment,” he wrote on twitter.
Meanwhile, Football Kenya Federation Boss Nick Mwendwa has confirmed that the match between Kenya and Tanzania which was set for Thursday 18th March has been cancelled.