Thousands of Tanzanians turn up to mourn Magufuli

Thousands of Tanzanians on Saturday morning turned up on the streets to catch a glimpse of the convoy carrying the remains of their late President’s John Pombe Magufuli as it was being taken to 23,000-seat capacity Uhuru Stadium.

Magufuli succumbed to heart-related complications on Wednesday aged 61 ending days of speculation and official denials about his whereabouts and health status.

Several Tanzanian’s could be seen wailing in public.

Thousands of Tanzanians thronged the stadium to pay their last respect to the leader.

President Samia Suluhu who was sworn in on Friday as President announced an elaborate programme that will conclude with his burial at his Chato rural home next Thursday, March 25.

Today the body was moved from the morgue for brief prayers at St Peter’s Catholic Church. The body is now at Uhuru gardens where members of the public will get pay their last respects.

Magufuli’s body will then be taken to Dar es Salaam on March 21 for another session of public viewing, according to the funeral programme.

Residents of Dodoma will have a day on March 22 to pay their last respects. The new president declared the day a public holiday.

On March 23, Magufuli’s body will be in Mwanza.

The former President’s family will have an opportunity to honour Magufuli on March 24 at his Chato home.

The day was also declared a public holiday to allow residents of his rural home time to mourn their fallen son.

The state burial ceremony shall take place at the Chato home on March 25.

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