South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit has joined the rest of the world in mourning the death of Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli and declared three days of mourning across the country.
“H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit has issued a statement on the passing on of H.E. John Pombe Magufuli, President of the United Republic of Tanzania,” the Office of the President said on Thursday.
“The people of Republic of South Sudan are deeply saddened and grieving with their brothers and sisters in the United Republic of Tanzania.”
The President ordered all diplomatic missions to fly their flags half-mast for a period of three days in honor of the Tanzanian bulldozer President, Magufuli, who succumbed to the cardiovascular disease while receiving treatment at Mzena hospital in Dar es Salaam.
“H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit declared three days of mourning across South Sudan and instructed all the Government institutions and our diplomatic missions abroad to fly their flags half-mast during this period beginning from today in his honour to the Late H.E. President John Pombe Magufuli.”
Kiir urged the people of Tanzania to be strong at this tragic moment and come to terms with the death of their leader that has sent shock waves across the region.
“H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit said that at this moment, the people of the Republic of South Sudan stand in solidarity with the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania.
In addition, H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit prays to the Almighty God to give all the strength and comfort to the people of Tanzania and the family of the late to withstand this immense loss.”