Former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa Is Dead

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Former Tanzania President Benjamin Mkapa has died at 81.

Tanzania President John Magufuli said that Mkapa died at  a Hospital in Dar es Salaam where he was admitted.

“I call on all Tanzanians to receive the news of his death and to pray for Mzee Mkapa. More information will be released but Mzee Mkapa is no more,” he said in brief television statement.

Magufuli has also declared a seven-day mourning period for Mkapa who led Tanzania from 1995 to 2005.

Tanzanian flags will be flown at half-mast during the time of mourning.

Magufuli also called on Tanzanians to pray for Mzee Mkapa and his family.

“I call on all Tanzanians to receive the news of his death and to pray for Mzee Mkapa. More information will be released but Mzee Mkapa is no more,” he said in brief television statement.

Meanwhile President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence to President Magufuli and the People of the United Republic of Tanzania.

In his condolence message Uhuru described the Tanzanian leader as an outstanding East African who worked tirelessly for the integration, peace and progress of the region.

“President Kenyatta wished the family of the Former President and all Tanzanians God’s comfort and fortitude as they mourn their departed leader,” wrote Uhuru.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga  mourned Mkapa as a great friend of the Kenyan people, a pan-Africanist, a true believer in South-South Cooperation and a global statesman.

“In Kenya we retain fond memories of his mediation efforts alongside Dr Koffi Annan and Graca Machel that helped the country return to peace after the 2007-2008 election violence,” he said in a statement.

 

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