Museveni with Magufuli

President Yoweri Museveni has mourned the death of Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli.

Museveni in a tweet extended condolences to the people of Tanzania over the death of the 61-year-old president who succumbed to a heart attack.

He described Magufuli as a pragmatic leader who believed in and worked for the economic empowerment of East Africans.

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“I have, with great sadness, learnt of the death of His Excellency John Pombe Magufuli. He was a pragmatic leader who believed in and worked for the economic empowerment of East Africans. We join Tanzania in mourning the passing of a great son of Africa. May his soul rest in peace,” Museveni tweeted.

Magufuli died of a heart attack at Mzena Hospital in Dar es Salaam which he had been treating for the last ten years. Tanzanian Vice President Samia Suluhu confirmed in a televised statement.

According to Tanzania’s constitution, the Vice President will now be sworn in as the new president and will serve the remainder of Magufuli’s five-year team which he began last year.