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Zanzibar’s first VP Maalim Seif Hamad dies after contracting Covid-19

By Betty Njeru | February 17th 2021

Zanzibar’s first Vice President Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad is dead.

Hamad (pictured) died while undergoing treatment at Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam, aged 77.

He had recently tested positive for coronavirus and admitted to hospital. 

According to international media, Zanzibar President Ali Hassan Mwinyi confirmed news of his death on Wednesday in a televised address on state-run ZBC TV.

“The nation has really lost a patriotic leader. I also declare seven days of mourning and the national flag will fly half-mast during,” he said.

Until his death, Hamad was Tanzania’s ACT-Wazalendo party national chairman and also a former Zanzibar Presidential candidate.

Tanzania President John Magufuli condoled with Hamad’s family in a tweet saying:

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President Uhuru Kenyatta joined in mourning the veteran politician as “a popular, wise and progressive leader whose contribution to the progress of his people and the East African region shall be dearly missed.”


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