- John Pombe Magufuli was pronounced dead on Wednesday, March 17, evening by Tanzanian vice president Samia Suluhu
- Suluhu, in her televised speech, said the 61-year-old president died of heart complications after being admitted for weeks
- In the video, Magufuli asked his fellow citizens to remain united and stop divisions based on tribalism, politics and religion
A video of the late Tanzanian president John Pombe Magufuli asking Tanzanians to remember him for good deeds has reemerged hours after his death was announced by the country's vice president Samia Suluhu.
In the clip, Magufuli said he had sacrificed his life for the sake of poor Tanzanians amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
"One day you will remember me. And I know that you will remember me for the good things I did for Tanzania and not the bad ones...this is because I have sacrificed my life for the sake of poor Tanzanians," Magufuli said.
In the video, Magufuli also asked his fellow citizens to remain united and stop divisions based on tribalism, politics and religion.
Tanzanian VP Suluhu, in her televised speech on TBC, said the 61-year-old president died of heart complications after being admitted for weeks.
Suluhu noted the tough-talking leader nicknamed the bulldozer was first briefly admitted to the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute on March 6, before being discharged.
He was later rushed to Mzena Hospital in Dar es Salaam city after feeling unwell again.
"He was allowed to go back home and continue with his responsibilities, but the condition worsened on Sunday, March 14, when he was taken back to the hospital for treatment of a chronic heart disease," Suluhu indicated.
The vice president declared 14 days of mourning, a period in which national flags will fly at half-mast.
President Magufuli was re-elected into the country's top office under his Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) political party in October 2020 following a heated political contested, which he won with a landslide.
He was first sworn in as Tanzania's president on November 5, 2015 and was celebrated for taking on corruption cartels and streamlining service delivery in public offices.
However, the late president was criticised for silencing the opposition and trampling on media and expression freedoms.
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