Tanzania Loses its Patriotic President John Pombe Magufuli

Tanzania Loses its Patriotic President John Pombe Magufuli: Wednesday, 17th of March 2021 might have started as a blissful morning for most in Tanzania but it certainly didn’t end on a good note.  President John Pombe Magufuli was pronounced dead on Wednesday evening after suffering a heart condition known as chronic atrial fibrillation characterized by an abnormal heartbeat, which he is said to have suffered from for 10 years. 

“It is with deep regret that I inform you that today on the 17th of March, 2021 at 6:00 pm we lost our brave leader, the President of the Republic of Tanzania, John Pombe Magufuli,” said vice-president Samia Suluhu Hassan.

President Magufuli had been missing from the public eye for about three weeks, sparking rumors that he had contracted the corona virus. All rumours were relatively dismissed by his vice-president Hassan.  She said that he had been admitted to the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute on March 6 and was later discharged.

She added that on March 14, Magufuli was rushed to Emilio Mzena Memorial Hospital in Dar es Salaam after he fell ill again. She declared a 14 day mourning period in Tanzania, with the Tanzanian flags flying at half-mast.

Magufuli, also known as “Bull-dozer”, was loved by a great majority of Tanzanians who describe him as a president who dearly loved his country, its people and was a strong anti-corruption crusader. He was first elected as the president of Tanzania in 2015. He is described as one who governed with an iron fist. His term in office saw a massive crackdown on the media, civil society and even the opposition which raised an alarm among foreign allies and human rights groups. 

President John Magufuli is commended by many of his countrymen for investing heavily in large infrastructure projects, promoting free education and electrification especially to the outskirts of major cities in the country. 

He will be greatly missed by many in Tanzania and Africa at large. His legacy lives on in the hearts of many and he will always be remembered as a patriotic leader; one who deeply loved his country and worked for the economic development of not just Tanzanians but for all East Africans at large. 

Visit Tanzania- Tanzania Safaris.

Tanzania, also referred to as the republic of Tanzania, is located in the eastern part of Africa neighbouring Kenya in the Northeast, Uganda to its North, Rwanda , Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the West, with the Indian Ocean and Comoro Islands to her East.

The Republic of Tanzania is the largest country in the East African Region covering a total area of 947,303 square kilometres and the 13th largest country on the African Continent. The country has an estimated population of about 56,313,438 people. 

Tanzania is among the Top 5 tourist destinations in Africa, with a wide variety of wildlife species which range from the Big Five including lions, Cape buffalo, savannah elephant, rhinos and leopards. Among its unique tourists attractions includes Mount Kilimanjaro and its wildebeest migration in Serengeti national park. In addition to this, its offshore islands of Unguja , Pemba and Mafia in Zanzibar also attract a lot of tourists on vacation. The white sandy beaches attract a lot tourists looking to escape the tropical heat.

Tanzania National Parks & Game Reserves.

Tanzania has a total of 19 national parks and 3 game reserves. Among some of the most visited national parks includes; Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Manyara National Park, Arusha National Park, Ngorongoro Crater  located in the northern part of the country; Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park among others, which are located in the southern province of Tanzania.

Some of the wildlife reserves that you can explore during visit to Tanzania include; Maswa Game Reserve and Mwiba Wildlife Reserve as you visit Serengeti national park. Visitors get to enjoy bush walks in the national park as well as night game drives, wildlife viewing and community cultural tours. You can also visit Burunge Wildlife Reserve near Tarangire and Serengeti national parks. 

Tanzania has a lot to offer tourists besides viewing wildlife. Visitors can also visit tropical, white sandy beaches on Zanzibar Islands, take a sunrise/ sunset tour in a hot air balloon, or tour historical sites such as;

Kondoa Irangi Rock Paintings which are a series of ancient paintings on cavern walls in the central region of Tanzania. These acient works of art run approximately nine kilometres east of the main highway from Dodoma to Babati, about 20 kilometers north of Kondoa town, in Kondoa distict. 

Olduvai Gorge Museum which is one of the oldest archaeological sites in the world. It is here that the skull of the early man is believed to have first been discovered by Louis and Mary Leakey. They are also responsible for most of the excavations and discoveries of human fossils in Olduvai Gorge.

Other interesting historical sites to visit in Tanzania include; the Great Mosque of Kilwa, the Hamamni Persian Baths and Old Fort in Zanzibar, Amboni caves and the Old Slave market in Zanzibar among others.

How to book a safari to Tanzania.

You can always book a safari to Tanzania through Explore Rwanda Tours. Simply leave us with your contact details, places you want to visit, activities you wish to visit and your budget range.

Conclusion: Although Tanzania mourns the sudden passing of its legendary leader John Pombe Magufuli; the country remains one of the best safari destinations in Africa.

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