More than ten presidents from across the globe are attending the burial of Tanzania’s fifth president John Maguli, whose body will be set up for mourning in the national capital Dodoma today, March 22.
Among the leaders includes: Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya), Filipe Nyusi (Mozambique) Lazarus Chakwera(Malawi), Azali Assoumani (Comoro), Emmerson Mnangagwa (Zimbabwe), Edgar Lungu (Zambia), Mokwaeetsi Masisi (Botswana), Hage Geingob (Namibia) Cyril Ramaphosa (South Africa) and Felix Tshisekedi (DR Congo).
Janeth Magufuli, the widow of the fifth Tanzanian president John Magufuli, attends his national funeral at Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
Dr Magufuli, died of heart complications at the Mzena Memorial Hospital in Dar es Salaam on March 17, and his body will be laid to rest at his hometown of Chato in Geita Region on Friday, March 26, 2021.
Magufuli is the first Tanzanian President to die in office – and this makes the country record its first female President, Samia Suluhu Hassan, 61, sworn into the highest Office in the Land on Friday, March 19, 2021.
In Rwanda, President Paul Kagame paid tribute to the late Tanzanian and ordered all flags to fly at half mast until Magufuli is laid to rest. In Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni declared 14 days of national mourning.
Meanwhile, first Aid providers and security personnel had a hectic day on Sunday, March 21, 2021 when thousands of people thronged Uhuru Stadium in Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam to pay their last respects to the body of their former leader Magufuli.
In contrast to the first day on Saturday, there were chaotic scenes on Sunday when tens of thousands of people from all walks of life turned up to bid farewell to the man who was Tanzania’s head of state for nearly five and a half years.
At some point, security officers had to prevent mourners from entering the stadium using unofficial entrance points.