|The Remains of Late John Pombe Magufuli
Great President of Republic of Tanzania
At St Peter’s Cathedral in Darsalam
Madam Samia Suluhu Hassan, took oaths of Office as the president of Tanzania after she was sworn-in around 10am on Friday. Suluhu becomes the only first female president for the Republic of Tanzania in history.
Magufuli died at the age of 61 on Wednesday. He will be buried in his ancestral home next week, after various events in a number of cities where mourners can come to pay their last respect.
Tanzanians thronged roadsides to catch a glimpse of the convoy that moved the casket draped in Tanzania’s national flag and carrying Magufuli’s remains to the church. Some could be heard weeping loud.
Magufuli will be burried on March 25, 2021, but his body will remain here in the church until March 21 before bidding final farewell.
On March 22, the body of the late leader will be moved to Dodoma for public viewing before being moved to Mwanza on March 23.
On the same day, the body will be moved to his Chato town where his constituents will have a chance to their last view of his remains.
On March 24, family members and all international and invited guests will have a chance to pay last respects before the burial day on March 25.
Flags are flying at half-mast as the country began a 14-day mourning period after the New President Samia Suluhu Hassan announced Magufuli had died Wednesday of a “heart condition” in a hospital in Dar es Salaam.
The government had previously denied Magufuli was ill as pressure mounted to explain his almost three-week absence from public view, which sparked rumours he was seeking treatment abroad for coronavirus.
According to Samia Hassan, Tanzania’s new leader, Magufuli died on March 17 after a 10-year battle to heart complications and will be laid to rest after a church service at Chato Catholic Church.
Magufuli will be remembered as one of the greatest Leaders who ever lived in the continent of Africa in life history.