John Pombe Magufuli Is Dead, Here's What We Know So Far


John Pombe Magufuli Is Dead, Here's What We Know So Far

The vice president of Tanzania has just announced the passing of 61 year old John Pombe Magufuli due to heart related complications.

This announcement brings to an end weeks of speculations about the whereabouts of the president of the East African nation.

The president made international news headlines when he declared that Tanzania would not enter into a lock-down to contain the coronavirus pandemic. His Ugandan and Kenyan counterparts had moved fast to lock down major cities to slow down cases in their respective countries.

John Pombe Magufuli then went ahead to stop the tally of reported cases in Tanzania. Hospitals also started writing "breathing complications" and "pneumonia" as causes of death during the same period.

During the same period, wearing of masks and social distancing was not mandatory in Tanzania. Some Tanzanian citizens reported being harassed by the police for wearing masks. They were accused of attempting to cause panic.

President Magufuli also made clear his skepticism about the dangers of the virus. He urged Tanzanians to regularly steam themselves in herbal medicine to avoid contracting the virus. 

The president was seen on numerous occasions attending the funerals of those who had died of corona related complications. At no such times did he wear a mask.

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