Residents of Zanzibar are today bidding farewell to the late Tanzanian President John Magufuli.
This is after his body was taken to Dodoma on Monday for the Public to pay its last respects.
Leaders across Africa including, President Uhuru Kenyatta, Zambia’s Edgar Lungu and Malawi’s Lazarus Chakwera, attended the service.
A programme released by current President Samia Suluhu, says that Magufuli will be buried on Friday, March of 26 in Chato, Geita region.
Meanwhile a woman and four children died yesterday after a stampede as Tanzanians mourn former President John Magufuli.
Dennis Mtuwa’s wife, two of his children, a nephew and a niece were confirmed among the dead after the stampede on Monday. The city’s Police Commander Lazaro Mambosasa says he will give further details today. He adds the death toll could be as high as 40 but it is not yet confirmed.
Tanzania was marking day three of viewing the body of the late President John Pombe Magufuli. It took place Uhuru Stadium in Dodoma. The body was taken round the stadium as mourners pay their last respect to the late President.
However, Tanzania’s main opposition Leader Tundu Lissu claims that the late Tanzania President John Magufuli succumbed to Covid-19.
He says he is surprised that Magufuli’s government continues to lie about the cause of his death. Lissu further told Tanzanians that this is an opportunity to open a new chapter and build a country that respects the rule of law.
Critics accused President John Magufuli of being an autocrat and of clamping down on dissent and also downplayed the effects of coronavirus, and stopped the publication of the country’s case numbers and deaths. Opposition politicians say that Magufuli died from Covid-19, but this has not been confirmed.