Former Tanzania President John Magufuli buried in his home town Chato

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Tanzania former President John Magufuli has has been accorded a state funeral at his home village Chato in the north-western part of the country.

His body arrived at Rubambagwe Stadium, Chato, mid-morning, and he was honoured with the singing of both the national anthem and the East African anthem, and a 21-gun salute.

Funeral Mass was celebrated by the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) president, Archbishop Gervas John Nyaisonga.

Magufuli’s body was later transferred to his home for burial.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan, ex-presidents Ali Hassan Mwinyi and Jakaya Kikwete, and other dignitaries were in attendance.

Magufuli died on March 17, from heart complications at Mzena Hospital, and current President Samia Suluhu announced his death on the same day.

He is the first Tanzanian president to die in office.

In the past week, Mr Magufuli’s coffin was transported to six cities to allow people to pay their last respects. The burial is a culmination of commemorations for the Tanzanian leader.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who   succeed Magufuli lead the nation during the burial ceremony.

She tweeted a thank you note to “everybody wey show support and send condolence messages during this difficult and trying times for di nation”.

Days ahead of the burial ceremony, police arrested four people for allegedly mocking the death of the former president.

The regional police head of south-west region of Mbeya, Urlich Matei, say the suspects intended to “cause chaos and breach of peace”.

Tanzania suspended all public activities and 21 days were set for mourning the ” Bulldozer. ”

 

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