President Mnangagwa mourns Tanzania’s Magufuli

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has sent a message of condolences to the family of Tanzanian President John Magufuli, following his passing on yesterday at the age of 61.

In his message, President Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe joins other African nations in mourning Mr Magufuli.

He also highlighted that as SADC Chair, Mr Magufuli supported the regional call for the unconditional removal of illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the west.

The region has since set the 25th of October as a day the SADC will stand in solidarity with Zimbabwe in calling for the removal of the economic embargo.

Other African leaders, among them South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera and Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta have also sent their condolence messages.

President Kenyatta, who is the current chairman of the East African Community (EAC) said Mr Magufuli was a champion of pan-Africanism. 

He has since declared a seven-day period of national mourning in Kenya. 

He said the flag of East African Community and Kenya’s flag will be flown at half-mast throughout the country and all its diplomatic missions abroad until sunset on the day of Mr Magufuli’s burial.

Meanwhile, Tanzania has declared fourteen days of national mourning in honour the late Magufuli.

Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan revealed that Mr Magufuli died from complications related to a heart condition.