Barely six hours after Tanzania announced the demise of President John Pombe Magufuli, renowned Bongo singer and recording artiste Raymond Shaban Mwakyusa alias Rayvanny released a tribute song praising the fallen leader.
The song, Kifo (Magufuli), an emotional number, has the singer praising the late president for his development record as well as his support for the youth throughout his leadership. The former Wasafi Classic Baby (WCB) signee looks overcome by grief as he recalls some of the moments he had with the president.
“You have left a mark, memories that will last forever. I don’t think anyone will be able to fill up the void you have left. My heart grieves, we are in such pain. You have done great work. Fare thee well and rest…,” in clear Swahili lyrics, Rayvanny eulogises.
Having been one of the top artistes who supported Magufuli during his campaigns, Rayvanny goes ahead to say the President had done his part and always supported creatives. In the comments section, many sent their condolences to Tanzania during this difficult period.
“Poleni sana ndugu zetu Watanzania. Mungu awape nguvu wakati huu ngumu,” wrote one Dogo Charlie.
“Magufuli was a selfless leader who loved Tanzania by all his love and blood. Kenyans are you with your brothers and sisters. We are mourning too,” a comment by Pasha TV read.
The CCM leader died aged 61 according to Tanzania’s vice president Suluhu Hassan who broke the news in an address on state television.
According to Tanzania's Constitution, VP Hassan, 61, should assume the presidency for the remainder of the five-year term that Magufuli began serving in 2020 after winning a second term. She would be the East African nation's first female president.
Born on October 29, 1959, in Chato Tanzania, Magufuli is survived by his wife Janet his daughter Jessica and son Joseph.
Here is the song by Rayvanny: