Tanzanian president John Pombe Magufuli was declared dead yesterday in a statement issued by his deputy, Samia Suluhu.
The announcement ended spreading social media rumours about the whereabouts of the 61-year-old president who had won a resounding second five-year term late last year.
A number of African leaders sent their words of condolence and commisseration to the government and people of the East African nation on their loss.
“My sincere condolences to the people and Government of #Tanzania on the passing of President John Pombe Magufuli. May he Rest In Peace,” Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed posted on Twitter this morning.
Hours after the announcement, the Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed posted a condolence tweet in Kiswahili.
The translation of which read: “On my behalf and on behalf of the Government and the nation of Somalia, I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the United Republic of #Tanzania for the loss of President John Magufuli. We wish the nation and the Government patience and stability in this period of prayer and mourning.”
Other leaders to have sent their condolences include Uganda’s Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, Evariste Ndayishimiye of Burundi and Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya.