Tanzania's President John Magufuli dies after weeks unseen

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli ha muerto, su gobierno anunció en su página oficial de Facebook el miércoles.

El presidente de 61 años, que por lo general hacía apariciones públicas semanales en los servicios religiosos dominicales, had not been seen since February 27, fueling speculation that he was ill and was being treated abroad.
A Tanzanian opposition leader called on the government to tell the public about the president’s health amid growing speculation, Reuters reported Tuesday.
    It is important for the government to inform the public about the president’s health to reduce ongoing fear,” Zitto Kabwe, leader of the ACT-Wazalendo party, dijo en un comunicado. “The president’s health is not supposed to be a secret.
      Tanzanian President John Magufuli attended the inauguration of Incumbent South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on May 25, 2019.

      Known asThe Bulldozerfor his tough stance against corruption and for his hardline policies, Magufuli swept to victory in October 2015 as Tanzania’s fifth president.
        But excitement over Magufuli’s intolerance for corruption was shortlived as he began a clampdown on democracy and critical voices.
        Magufuli oversaw closures and suspensions of numerous media outlets, while his government undermined judicial and parliamentary independence, implemented a partial ban on public rallies, harassed MPs, closed online political space, and prosecuted critics under defamation and sedition laws.
          Early on in the pandemic, Magufuli dismissed the seriousness of coronavirus in Tanzania, urging his citizens topray coronavirus away,” believing thesatanic virus can’t live in the body of Jesus Christ,” and blaming the growing number of positive cases on faulty test kits.
          In June, he claimed his country had eradicated coronavirusby the grace of God,” questioned the safety of foreign Covid-19 vaccines and made no plan to procure any shots for his country, instead pushing for the use of herbal medicine and steam treatments.
            Tanzania hasn’t reported Covid-19 figures since April 2020, prompting the World Health Organization to call for Tanzania to publish data on the coronavirus and ramp up public health measures.
            El mes pasado, the US Embassy in Dar es Salaam warned that Covid-19 cases had been surging since January.

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