Samia Suluhu remembers John Magufuli on 2nd death anniversary

He died during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021

• Samia Suluhu has paid tribute to late Magufuli asking Tanzanians to keep his legacy.

• His death was announced on March 18, with the Tanzanian government saying he succumbed to heart complications.

President Samia Suluhu
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March 17th, 2023 marks two years since the demise of the late Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli.

Magufuli died of chronic atrial fibrillation on March 17, a condition he battled for 10 years, and was laid to rest on March 25.

While taking over from Magufuli, Suluhu said the late president Magufuli had prepared her for any task in the event that he was not able.

She was speaking during the funeral mass of Magufuli at Uhuru grounds in Dodoma.

The head of state described the deceased Magufuli as a great leader stating that the Tanzanian government will continue to honour his good work.

"Leo ni miaka miwili tangu tuondokewe na aliyekuwa Rais wa Awamu ya Tano, Hayati Dkt. John Pombe Magufuli. Mwenyezi Mungu aendelee kumpa pumziko lililo jema na aendelee kuwatia nguvu wanafamilia wote. Serikali itaendelea kumuenzi kwa kuendeleza mazuri aliyoyaanzisha." 

"It is exactly two years today since our fifth president, the late John Pombe Magufuli departed from us. May the Almighty continue granting him eternal rest and may He continue giving his kin strength. The government will continue honouring him by continuing with the good works he started," said Samia.

Magufuli died months after being re-elected as president under the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party in October 2020 following a heated political contest, 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.

Magufuli left behind seven children and 10 grandchildren.

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