President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed that the East African Community (EAC), and Kenyan flags fly at half mast in honour of late Tanzanian President John Magufuli.
Kenya will also observe seven days of national mourning starting today. Magufuli, 61, died yesterday evening at a hospital in Dar es Salam, Tanzania.
He reportedly succumbed to a “heart condition” though speculation is rife that he died of COVID-19.
“Kenya will observe seven days of mourning. The flag of East Africa Community and flag of Kenya in all public spaces will fly at half mast from today until the day of President Magufuli’s funeral,” Uhuru, who is the EAC chair said.
President Kenyatta described the late Magufuli as a great friend. He recalled moments of mutual private visits. “President Magufuli showed me great respect personally by visiting my mother, Mama Ngina Kenyatta. I also visited his home at Chato, met his mother, and spent a night there.”
President Kenyatta also hailed Magufuli as a true African legend and a champion to the Pan-Africanism. “He was a great friend to me especially in the regional levels. He was a true of the Pan-Africanism champion.”
In a live address to the nation, President Kenyatta extended his condolences to the people of Tanzania on behalf of all Kenyans. “I talked to the Tanzanian Vice President this morning, Mama Samia Suluhu. I sent my condolences and reassured her of our support at this trying time. We will continue to support her and the people of Tanzania.”