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Meet Janeth Magufuli, Tanzania’s fifth first lady

Achieving Woman
 President Pombe Magufuli with his wife Janeth at a past event. The President passed on yesterday from heart complications (Courtesy)

Janeth Magufuli has been serving as the First Lady of Tanzania since November 2015 when her husband was sworn in as the fifth President of the Republic of Tanzania.

She is the country’s fifth first lady and the wife to the deceased president John Pombe Magufuli. The power couple have been married for a while and while not so much is known about their marriage, they have three children.


A teacher by profession, Janeth taught at Mbuyuni Primary School before she was first lady. Her predecessor, former First Lady of Tanzania Salma Kikwete, also taught at the same school.

The president and his family were renowned for leading a simple life and their children attended the Mbuyuni Primary School.


Before joining politics, President Magufuli was also a teacher.

In an address on State television, Tanzania’s vice-president Samia Suluhu Hassan said that President Magufuli passed on aged 61 on Wednesday March 17 from heart complications at a hospital in Dar es Salaam.

The president had not been in public for more than two weeks and there were concerns and rumours about his health. 

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