President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced 7 days of national mourning in Kenya to honour the late Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered the Kenyan flag and that of the East African Community to fly at half-mast in all public and Kenyan diplomatic missions abroad to the day Magufuli will be buried.
“On behalf of the government and people of Kenya, I convey our sincere condolences to the First lady of Tanzania Janeth Magufuli, their children, the entire Magufuli family and indeed affirm our deep solidarity with the government and people of Tanzania during this challenging time. Tanzania remains in our thoughts and prayers,” said President Kenyatta.
President Kenyatta also described Tanzania’s President Magufuli as a world leader.
“Africa and the world has lost an illustrious leader whose vision, passion and immense leadership propelled the nation of Tanzania forward and also steer the East Africa Community to closer integration. On the continental stage, the late President Magufuli was a champion of pan Africanism,” added President Kenyatta.
President John Pombe Magufuli was born in Chato, Geita region on October 29, 1959and was Tanzania’s 5th president. He was 61 years old.
By JN Wamanji