Tanzanian President John Magufuli has died aged 61-year-old from a heart condition, his vice president said in an address on state television Wednesday, after days of uncertainty over his health and whereabouts.
“It is with deep regret that I inform you that today on 17 March 2021 at 6 pm we lost our brave leader, the President of the Republic of Tanzania, John Pombe Magufuli, said, Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan.
She said Magufuli had died of a “heart condition”, which he has suffered for a decade, at a hospital in Dar es Salaam.
He had first been briefly admitted to the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute on 6 March but was subsequently discharged, Hassan said.
But Magufuli had again felt unwell and was on 14 March rushed to the hospital again.
Confirmation of Magufuli’s death comes after weeks of uncertainty and wild rumours over his absence, as he was last seen in public on 27 February.
Opposition leader Tundu Lissu had raised questions about his health, citing sources that the president was suffering from Coronavirus (COVID-19).