John Magufuli

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    Video caption: John Magufuli: Tanzania's ex-president buried in home town

    Tanzanians finish a week of public events by paying their last respects to their former leader.

  2. Tanzania buries Magufuli in hometown

    Athuman Mtulya

    BBC News, Dar es Salam

    A mourner holds a shield written: Thank for your love, we love you. rest in peace hero of the the poor and weak
    Image caption: A mourner holds a shield written: Thank for your love, we love you. Rest in peace hero of the poor and weak

    Tanzania’s former president John Magufuli has been buried at his family home in the north-western district of Chato.

    Mr Magufuli died last week from what the authorities described as cardiac complications.

    The funeral which was televised was attended by family and top government officials led by new President Samia Suluhu Hassan.

    The burial caps a week of public mourning events across the country.

    The late president's body was lowered to the grave at exactly 16:45 local time at his family home in Chato, along the southern shores of Lake Victoria.

    The former commander-in-chief received a 21-gun salute as fighter jets flew past the graveyard.

    Mr Magufuli, who was first elected in late 2015, is the first Tanzanian president to die while in office since independence more than 60 years ago.

    While there has been a public outpouring of grief for Mr Magufuli, opinion is sharply divided about his legacy.

    Some Tanzanians say he will be remembered for his war against grand corruption, resource nationalism and the construction of mega-development and infrastructure projects.

    Others say he will be remembered as a leader who did not tolerate political opposition, muzzled independent media and the civil society.

    Most recently as a Covid-19 sceptic, he also responded to the pandemic in an unorthodox manner, drawing criticism from health experts around the world.

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  3. State burial underway for Tanzania's Magufuli

    President John Magufuli died last Wednesday of heart complications

    The state burial of Tanzania's former President John Magufuli is underway in his north-western home village of Chato.

    Mr Magufuli died last Wednesday after a mysterious absence of almost three weeks.

    The Tanzanian authorities say Mr Magufuli - one of Africa's most prominent coronavirus sceptics - died from heart failure.

    His state funeral was held in the capital, Dodoma, on Tuesday.

    Here are some of the images from the burial ceremony:

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    The burial of Tanzania's President John Magufuli
    Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu during President John Magufuli burial
    Some of the mourners during Tanzania President John Magufuli burial
    Mourners during the burial of Tanzania's President John Magufuli
  4. Tanzania prepares to bury former president Magufuli

    A soldier puts the national flag over the coffin of former president John Magufuli
    Image caption: Former president John Magufuli's death was announced on 17 March

    Tanzania's former President John Magufuli will be buried on Friday in his home town Chato, in north-west Tanzania.

    There was an official funeral in the capital, Dodoma, on Monday and since then his funeral cortege has been making its way through the country.

    The 61-year-old president is said to have died of heart complications.

    President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who succeeds him, will lead the nation during the burial ceremony.

    She has tweeted a thank you note to "everyone who has supported comforted and sent us condolence messages during this difficult and trying times for our nation".

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

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

    The country has suspended all public activities during the 21 days that have been set for mourning the former leader.

  5. In pictures: Magufuli's state funeral

    Thousands gathered in Tanzania's capital, Dodoma, to pay their last respects to former President John Magufuli.

    He died on Wednesday of what the authorities said was heart-related complications.

    Tanzanian MPs signing the book for the late President John Magufuli before the farewell ceremony begins here in Dodoma.
    People line up before state funeral in Dodoma

    Ministers and lawmakers were among the those who came to mourn the ex-president.

    Ministers and MPs mourn former President Magufuli in Dodoma
    Ministers and MPs mourn former President Magufuli in Dodoma
    Mourning Magufuli in Dodoma

    There was also a large crowd at Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) on Sunday evening as the body was about to be flown to Dodoma.

    Tanzanians force their way into the airport to bid their farewell to former President Magufuli.
  6. Tanzania holds state funeral for Magufuli

    Athuman Mtulya

    BBC News, Dar es Salam

    Mourners at Magufuli's state funeral

    A state funeral is being held in Tanzania's capital, Dodoma, for former President John Pombe Magufuli.

    Several African heads of state have arrived for the event including the presidents of Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Comoros, Mozambique, Zambia and Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Mr Magufuli died last Wednesday from what authorities said were heart-related complications.

    Monday is a public holiday in Tanzania, as the country enters a third day of bidding farewell to the late president.

    In Dodoma, people have already gathered in large numbers, but the prime minister has announced that there will be no queues for viewing the body -instead the coffin will be driven around the stadium for people to catch a final glimpse of the former president.

    Mourners at Magufuli's state funeral

    Over the weekend, tens of thousands of residents in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, flooded roads as the coffin was driven around.

    Many more flocked to the main stadium where his body was laid for public viewing.

    The authorities have confirmed there was a stampede there and an unspecified number of people were injured.

  7. African presidents arrive for Magufuli's funeral

    Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his Democratic Republic of Congo counterpart Félix Tshisekedi have arrived in Tanzania for the state funeral of former President John Magufuli who died last week.

    The two are among 10 African heads of state expected to arrive in the country, including the leaders of Kenya, Zambia, Morocco, Namibia and South Africa.

    Mr Magufuli's body has been moved to the capital, Dodoma, for the public to pay their last respects.

    Thousands of Tanzanians arrived in Dodoma overnight - and government spokesman Hassan Abbas posted pictures of thousands of mourners who had gathered at Jamhuri Stadium.

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    Former President Magufuli died on Wednesday aged 61. He will be buried on Friday 26 March.

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    Video caption: Mourners line streets for late Tanzanian president

    President John Magufuli's body was transported through Dar es Salaam to lie in state.

  9. Tanzania's new leader urges end to 'finger pointing'

    Samia Suluhu Hassan (L) and John Magufuli in 2019
    Image caption: Samia Suluhu Hassan (L) said she had been prepared for her role by her late predecessor (R)

    Tanzania's newly sworn-in President Samia Suluhu Hassan has spoken of the "heavy load" on her shoulders as she takes over as the country's first female president.

    Ms Hassan used her inaugural speech to urge for the "burying of differences" and repeatedly gave assurances of stability.

    The president said it was no longer time "to point fingers" and called for unity during the mourning period.

    Addressing a packed hall at State House in Dar es Salaam, the new president said she had been sufficiently prepared for the role by her predecessor John Magufuli who died on Wednesday of a "heart condition".

    Samia Suluhu Hassan had served as vice-president under Mr Magufuli from 2015 until his death.

    She described her predecessor as a patriot who had been committed to transforming Tanzania.

    Mr Magufuli had not been seen in public for more than two weeks, and rumours had been circulating about his health - with some opposition politicians saying he had contracted coronavirus.

    Loved by his supporters for his no-nonsense approach, he was also a controversial leader, especially over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

  10. Burial date set for Tanzania's late president

    A man holds a newspapers following the death of Tanzania'ss President John Magufuli in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - 18 March 2021. R
    Image caption: John Magufuli was serving his second term in office after re-election in October

    Tanzania's late President John Magufuli will be buried next Thursday, 25 March, in his western home village of Chato, his successor has announced.

    He died on Wednesday from heart complications at a hospital in Dar es Salaam, the government said.

    Mr Magufuli had not been seen in public for more than two weeks, and rumours had been circulating about his health, with opposition politicians saying he had contracted Covid-19.

    People in Tanzania have reacted with grief and disbelief to the news of his death.

    On Sunday, his body will be taken to Uhuru stadium in the commercial hub of Dar es Salaam for public viewing.

    A second public viewing has been scheduled in the capital, Dodoma, on Monday, which has been declared a public holiday.

    There will be a third public viewing a day after in the western town of Mwanza before the body is taken to Mr Magufuli's home town.

    The burial day has also been declared a public holiday.

  11. Preparations under way for Magufuli's state funeral

    A man holds a newspapers following the death of Tanzania"s President John Magufuli in Dar es Salaam
    Image caption: The government says there will be a two-week mourning period

    State funeral arrangements are under way for Tanzania's President John Magufuli, who died on Wednesday of a “heart condition”.

    Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan is due to address the nation on Friday about the date of his burial as well as on the proceeding activities, according to the government spokesman Hassan Abbas.

    There will be an opportunity for the public to view President Magufuli's body 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.

    Condolence books will be distributed countrywide for the public to pay their respects.

  12. Nigeria's president: Magufuli fought 'profligacy'

    A man reacts as he sees newspapers with headlines announcing the death of Tanzania's President John Magufuli in Dar es Salaam, on March 18, 2021
    Image caption: Tanzania's government has declared 14 days of mourning

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has hailed the late Tanzanian President John Magufuli as a "visionary" who spent "most of his life serving the country and humanity".

    He introduced reforms that Tanzanians would celebrate for generations to come - including the "challenging decision to reduce the size and cost of governance, insistence on a people-focused budget with clear priorities on education and health, and consistently fighting profligacy and frivolities in public expenditures”, Mr Buhari said.

    The death of the 61-year-old Mr Magufuli, who became Tanzania's president in 2015, was announced on Wednesday night.

    The government said he died from a heart condition.

  13. 'I shared a school desk with Magufuli'

    Front pages of newspapers announce the death of Tanzania's President John Magufuli in Dar es Salaam, on March 18, 2021.
    Image caption: Tanzanians woke up the news that their president was dead

    Retired school teacher Kasara Mnaku has been reminiscing about his former schoolmate - Tanzania's late President John Magufuli, who has died at the age of 61.

    In an interview with the BBC's Abubakar Famau, Mr Mnaku said:

    Quote Message: We lived in the same village. We were in the same class and sat on the same desk. In his early life, until he became president, we were together and he was my friend. Whenever he needed my advice he would call for me and we would talk.
    Quote Message: When were young we were really close and helped each other and loved to learn. This helped us to reach where we reached, I became a teacher, he became a teacher but eventually left teaching and decided to serve his country."

    Another schoolmate, Elias Kwaswahili, said:

    Quote Message: We lived in the same village called Rubambangwe and we both went to Chatu primary school. And we later met at the same secondary school called Lake Secondary school Mwanza.
    Quote Message: He used to be very good in class, especially in sciences. We usually find science subjects hard, especially mathematics. But he was really good in maths and that is what pushed him to pursue sciences. That is how I know him."

    Mr Magufuli had a masters and doctorate in chemistry, and once worked as a science and maths teacher. He became an MP in 1995, and rose to the presidency in 2015.

    The government says Mr Mgufuli - a Covid sceptic - died from a heart condition.