Just in: Former Tanzanian president has died

Former Tanzanian presidentThe govt of Tanzania announced on Friday that the previous Tanzanian president, Benjamin Mkapa has died..

Late former president Mkapa aged 81 years was born in 1938 in south-eastern Mtwara. He died during a Dar es Salaam hospital.

He studied English during a tertiary institution in Uganda. He worked as a journalist before he got appointed by the country’s first president, Julius Nyerere to be the press secretary.

He held several posts within the country’s cabinet which incorporates secretary of state and knowledge minister. He also served as ambassador to the us before he was elected president.

He was the country’s third president after gaining independence from Britain in 1962. He ruled from 1995 to 2005.

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President John Magufuli during a short televised speech said “I’m saddened by the death of the third president of Tanzania which may be a big loss for us as a rustic . Let’s pray for him and more information will follow later”.

Tanzania will hold a period of seven days of mourning, during which the ensign are going to be flown at half mast.

The explanation for his death wasn't revealed.