President Sahle-Work Zewde expressed her condolences on the passing of President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli of Tanzania by paying a visit to the embassy here in Addis Ababa.
In her message to the family of the late President and to the people of Tanzania, President Sahle-Work said that the late President Magufuli will be remembered through the great contributions that he made to ensure the peace and development of his country.
President Magufuli was a great friend of Ethiopia. President Sahle-Work who visited the late President in his hometown of Chato only six weeks ago, wrote a note in the condolences book on display at the Embassy of Tanzania. In her note, the President said that she would always remember President Magufuli’s grand personality and his great respect for people, his country and his continent.
President Magufuli has just been re-elected for a second term.
African leaders gather in the Tanzanian capital of Dodoma to pay their last respects to former President John Magufuli who died last week, describing him as a true and dedicated son of Africa.
President John Pombe Magufuli
Tanzania’s newly sworn in President Samia Hassan Suluhu has reaffirmed her ability carry on with ease, the mantle from her deceased predecessor and former boss, President John Pombe Magufuli.
Mrs Suluhu, 61, took time off her lengthy tribute to the late Magufuli, to slam some of her detractors who have sought to cast doubt on her potential, based on her gender.
Addressing thousands of mourners in the capital Dodoma on Monday, Suluhu said she is more that capable of running the region’s biggest nation.
“I would like to say this, that for those who have doubts on whether or not this woman will manage to be the President of the Republic of Tanzania…I want to tell you that the person standing here is the President of the Republic of Tanzania, who happens to be a woman,” Suluhu said to ecstatic ululations.
Following the death of President Magufuli, who succumbed to heart disease last week, voices started emerging in political corridors and in main stream media, about how Mrs Suluhu, a mother of four would fare as Tanzania’s first female president, and the only one currently in office on the continent.
There was also questions raised about Suluhu’s popularity not only across the population but also within her party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi.
Speaking at the State Funeral today, Mrs Suluhu hailed the deceased president for giving her the platform to showcase her potential.
“I will always be grateful to him for trusting me and fellow Tanzanian women. In the history of gender equality, Magufuli will always be remembered in this country,” she said.
“Because it was through him that Tanzania got its first vice president, who is now President of Tanzania. He showed me my potential and the fact that as women, we can do everything if we are provided the right environment.”
The state funeral was attended by up to 10 Heads of State who included Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya), Lazarus Chakwera (Malawi), Cyril Ramaphosa (South Africa), Emmerson Mnangagwa (Zimbabwe) Filipe Nyusi (Mozambique), Also in the list are Edgar Lungu (Zambia), Felix Tshisekedi (DRC), Azali Assoumani (Comoro) Hage Geingob (Namibia) and Mokgweetsi Madison (Botswana).