Kiir declares 3 days of mourning in honor of “bulldozer” Magufuli

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit declares 3-days of mourning in honor of Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli | Photo: PPU

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.”

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli dead at 61, vice president announces


By Reuters Staff

Breaking—Tanzania’s President John Magufuli, one of Africa’s most prominent coronavirus sceptics, has died aged 61, Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan said on Wednesday after a more than two-week absence from public life that led to speculation about his health.

Magufuli, had not been seen in public since Feb. 27, sparking rumours that he had contracted COVID-19. Officials denied on March 12 that he had fallen ill. He was Tanzania’s first president to die while in office.

“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,” the vice president said on state broadcaster TBC.

She said burial arrangements were under way and announced 14 days of mourning and the flying of flags at half staff.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said on Friday that he had spoken to Magufuli, and blamed the narrative of the president’s ailment on some “hateful” Tanzanians living abroad.