The newly sworn in President of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E Samia Suluhu Hassan has announced Thursday March25, the funeral dates of fallen president John Magufuli.
According to the President, Magufuli will be buried at his home town Chato in Geita region. She also announced that Magufuli will be accorded a decent state funeral.
Meanwhile, Ugandan president, Yoweri Museveni has directed that all flags in Uganda be flown at half-mast until the departed Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli is laid to rest.
Museveni made the announcement on Friday morning extending his condolences to Tanzania.
”on behalf of the people of Uganda and of the NRM, I want to extend our condolences to the family of the late Magufuli,the people of Tanzania and the party of CCM ,In honor of his contribution,i direct all the flags to fly at half mast until the day of his burial”Museveni said.
His announcement comes a day after the Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyanta also declared 7 days of mourning in Kenya for Magufuli.
Uhuru who is also the chair of the East African Community-EAC ordered that all national flags in Kenya and East African flags at all foreign missions fly at half-mast until Magufuli is laid to rest.
In Tanzania, a period of 14 days was declared to mourn for the fallen president.
The Tanzanian government mouthpiece, Hassan Abbas earlier told reports that public viewing of President Magufuli’s body will be done in the commercial hub of Dar es Salaam, the capital Dodoma, the western town of Mwanza and in his home town of Chato.
”The president’s coffin will also be paraded through major roads”, the government spokesman said.
He noted that condolence books will be distributed countrywide for the public to pay their respects.