The world received the sad news on March 17, 2021 after the news of the death of the 5th President of Tanzania, John Pombe Magufuli. Magufuli’s death was announced at midnight by former Vice President, now President Samia Suluhu.
According to Samia, the president died after a short illness at a hospital in Dar es Salaam. The government revealed that Magufuli suffered a heart attack and said it was the cause of his death.
However, 8 months after his death, CNN correspondent Larry Madowo has now revealed an official document describing Magufuli’s death.
According to an article published by the Wall Street Journal, John Pombe Magufuli died from the Covid-19 virus. Prior to his death, Magufuli publicly declared Covid-19 to be a lie in Tanzania and urged citizens to continue with their duties as usual.
The document further states that Magufuli was on a ventilator for several weeks before his life support was cut off.
“John Magufuli was infected with Covid-19 and had been unconscious on a ventilator for a week before his life support was cut off,” senior government officials, Western diplomats and Tanzanian opposition leaders told @WSJ.