Tanzania’s President John Pombe Magufuli has died at aged 61, the government declared on Wednesday.
Declaring his demise in a live TV address, the Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan his demise in a proclamation gave on live TV and said Magufuli had passed on of a heart condition.
Speculation had been overflowing about his possible infection with the coronavirus. He had not been found in broad daylight since the end of February.
“Our beloved president passed on at 6pm this evening,” she said. “All flags will be flown at half-mast for 14 days. It is a sad news. The president has had illness for the past 10 years.
She added that the late president kicked the bucket at a clinic in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s biggest city.