Tanzania’s former President Benjamin Mkapa, who served from 1995 to 2005, died within the early hours of Friday, President John Magufuli stated in an announcement.
Mkapa, 81, the East African state’s third president who led a number of regional peace mediation efforts in workplace and afterwards, died whereas receiving remedy at a hospital in Dar es Salaam, Magufuli stated, with out giving additional data.
“i will remember him for his outstanding love for the country, his piety, hard work and performance in building the economy,” Magfuli said.
The president declared a seven-day mourning interval, throughout which all flags shall be flown at half-mast.
“Magufuli asks all Tanzanians to stay calm, patient and united during this tough time,” an announcement from his workplace stated.
Mkapa additionally served as an envoy, minister and key official of the ruling CCM get together, Magufuli stated.
The Chairperson of the African Union Moussa Faki Mahamat took to Twitter to pay his respects, calling Mkape an “indefatigable peacemaker in the East African country”.
The former president was born in 1938 to a poor household in south-eastern Mtwara. He earned a level in English in Uganda, on the Well-known MAKERERE UNIVERSITY after which he went on to review at Colombia College in New York.
Mkapa later labored as a journalist earlier than being appointed the press secretary for the nation’s first president Julius Nyerere.
He held a number of cupboard posts, comparable to overseas minister and data minister and in addition served as ambassador to the USA earlier than he was elected president.
Mkapa had most lately tried to mediate between Burundi’s authorities and opposition teams after a disputed 2015 election plunged the nation into disaster, nonetheless the federal government repeatedly refused to participate and the talks went nowhere.
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