Tanzania—At least 10 people are reported to have been hospitalized in public hospitals upon hearing the death of their favorite leader, John Pombe Magufuli, who died on Wednesday while receiving treatment at Mzena hospital in Dar es Salaam.
The sudden death of the Tanzanian President, John Magufuli, announced in a televised address on Wednesday, sent shock waves across the world and left millions in disbelief.
“Dear Tanzanians, it is sad to announce that today 17 March 2021 around 6 p.m. we lost our brave leader, President John Magufuli who died from heart illness at Mzena hospital in Dar es Salaam where he was getting treatment,” said the incumbent vice president, Samia Suluhu Hassan on state broadcaster TBC.
Since last week, Magufuli had disappeared from the office, sparking rumors that also led to arrest of some bloggers accused by the government of spreading fake news against the president on social media.
Since the World Health Organization declared the Covid-19 virus a global pandemic in 2020, Magufuli had been skeptical about the existence of the disease, and fired some officials for exaggerating Covid-19 figures.
Several African countries, including Kenya, have ordered flags flown at half-mast to honor the late Magufuli.