LILONGWE (MalawiTalk) – President Dr Lazarus Chakwera says he has learnt with shock and sadness the passing of President John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania.
In his condolence message on his official social media platforms, Chakwera has expressed deep shock on the passing of Magufuli who was adored across the continent for his transformative leadership.
Chakwera has sent a condolence message to the Magufuli family and the people of Tanzania.
“President Magufuli was a towering symbol of Africa’s economic resurgence and his passing is an incalculable loss to the continent. Malawi will join Tanzania in mourning in the next 14 days,” said Chakwera in a statement.
He prayed for uncommon strength and fortitude for the people of Tanzania and their government as they forge ahead together in the spirit of unity and in a manner that maintains peace and stability.
The Malawi leader noted that not only do the two countries share a border, but a common heritage as well and that the government of Malawi stands ready to render any support needed by the government of Tanzania in the aftermath of Magufuli’s passing.
Born in north-west Tanzania in 1959, Magufuli – a PhD industrial chemist- was first elected as Member of Parliament in 1995 before serving in various cabinet portfolios in a span of a decade.
In 2015 he won the Presidency under the ticket of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi movement.
He was re-elected last year and has died just five months into his second term.
In line with that country’s constitution, Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan will be sworn in as the 6th President of the Republic of Tanzania in the coming days.