Tanzania’s Former President Benjamin Mkapa Is Dead
Tanzania’s former President Benjamin Mkapa, who served from 1995 to 2005, died in the early hours of Friday,
President John Magufuli said in a statement.
Mkapa, 81, the East African nation’s third president who led several regional peace mediation efforts in office and afterwards,
While relaying the news on Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) July 24, President John Magufuli said Mr Mkapa died at Dar es Salaam Hospital where he was admitted.
“I will remember him for his great love for the nation, his piety, hard work and performance in building the economy,” Magfuli said.
“I call on all Tanzanians to receive the news of his death and to pray for Mzee Mkapa.
The president declared a seven-day mourning period, during which all flags will be flown at half-mast.
Mkapa also served as an ambassador, minister and key official of the ruling CCM party, Magufuli said.