Three days of mourning were declared in South Sudan after Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli died on Wednesday, March 17th.
President Salva Kiir Mayardit issued a statement that ordered the country flag to fly half-mast during this period.
Tanzania’s President John Magufuli died aged 61, the country’s vice-president announced on Wednesday night.
The President died of heart complications at a hospital in Dar es Salaam, Samia Suluhu Hassan said in an address on state television.
Mr. Magufuli had not been seen in public for more than two weeks, and rumors had been circulating about his health.
In his statement to the media, H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit said that the Republic of South Sudan is deeply saddened and grieving with their brothers and sisters in the United Republic of Tanzania.
He [President Kiir] declared three days of mourning across South Sudan. “All the Government institutions our diplomatic missions abroad to fly their flags half-mast during this period from today [Thursday] to honor the Late H.E. President John Pombe Magufuli”.
H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit said that at this moment, the people of the Republic of South Sudan stand in solidarity with the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania,
Tanzanian President Mr. Magufuli was one of Africa’s most prominent coronavirus skeptics and called for prayers and herbal-infused steam therapy to counter the virus.