President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent his condolences to the first Lady of Tanzania Janet Magufuli after the death of President John Magufuli.
He noted that the world has lost an illustrious leader whose passion propelled Tanzania forward.
“On the continental stage, Magufuli was a champion of Pan-Africanism,” said Uhuru describing him as an ally and friend.
Uhuru ordered that in testimony to the high esteem for Magufuli, Kenya will observe a seven-day period of national mourning.
He also ordered that the flag of Kenya and East African community be flown at half mast at all public buildings and spaces throughout the country From Thursday, March 18 until the day of the funeral.
“I remember the many times we met to discuss development for our countries. He visited Kenya and launched the Southern Bypass.
“Personally, he respected me after insisting he wanted to visit my mother Mama Ngina Kenyatta. He invited me to visit him in Chatu and I got the opportunity to meet his mother. we spent the night at the home,” added Uhuru
The president further vowed to work closely with the incoming President Suluhu Hassan who served as Magufuli’s deputy.
Magufuli has passed on at the age of 61 on the night of Wednesday, March 17.
His death was announced by Tanzanian Vice President Samia Hassan Suluhu after weeks of speculation about his whereabouts.
He had been last seen in public on February 27, 2021.