- President Cyril Ramaphosa arrived in Tanzania on 22 March 2021 for President John Magufuli's funeral
- President Ramaphosa delivered a special tribute while attending Magufuli's funeral in Dodoma, Tanzania
- Magufuli passed away due to heart complications last week after not being seen in public for a couple of weeks
President Cyril Ramaphosa arrived in Tanzania for the funeral of late Tanzanian President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli. Ramaphosa delivered a special tribute to the late president after arriving at the funeral.
Magafuli's passing was announced by then vice-president Samiah Suluhu Hassan after the president was nowhere to be seen for around two weeks. According to the official explanations, Magufuli died due to heart complications.
Many have speculated that Magufuli passed on from Covid-19 related complications and was receiving treatment outside of Tanzania.
According to TimesLIVE, a statement by Ramaphosa revealed that he would be visiting Dodoma for the late president's funeral. Magufuli reportedly died on Wednesday, 17 March at the age of 61 years old.
Below are just a few of the responses Ramaphosa's tribute received:
"Thank you for coming to Tanzania Mr President. We appreciate your presence during this difficult time in our nation."
"Thank you for your kind words your Excellency during this difficult time for our nation."
"May his soul rest in eternal peace Mr President."
"Please be safe Mr president, no social distance there."
In similar news, Briefly.co.za reported that President Uhuru Kenyatta sent out a condolence message to Tanzanians following the death of President John Pombe Magufuli.
The head of state declared a seven-day national mourning in honour of the fallen president.
The national flag and the flag of the East African Community would be flown half-mast from the afternoon of March 18 until the evening on the day of his burial.
Following Magufuli's passing a video of the president 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.
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