Uhuru mourns former Tanzania President Benjamin Mkapa
By Vincent Kejitan
| July 24th 2020
President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence to
President John Joseph Pombe Magufuli, the People of the United Republic of
Tanzania and the family of Former President Benjamin Mkapa who passed away
In his message of comfort, the President mourned the
departed Tanzanian leader as an outstanding East African who worked tirelessly
for the integration, peace and progress of the region.
President Kenyatta wished the family of the Former President
and all Tanzanians God's comfort and fortitude as they mourn their departed
ODM leader Raila Odinga described Mkapa as a great friend of
Kenya who came through during the 2007 post-election violence.
Further, he lauded his leadership skills saying Africa had
lost a giant.
“I mourn former President Benjamin Mkapa, a great friend of the Kenyan people, a pan-Africanist, a true believer in South-South Cooperation and a global statesman.
“In Kenya we retain fond memories of his mediation efforts
alongside Dr Koffi Annan and Graca Machel that helped the country return to
peace after the 2007-2008 election violence,” tweeted Odinga.
Adding: “Mkapa believed in Regional Integration and
championed the revival of the East Africa Community. In his death, Africa has
lost a giant. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, President John Pombe
Magufuli and the people of the United Republic of Tanzania.”
The news of Mkapa’s demise was confirmed by President John
Pombe Magufuli who revealed that the former Head of State died while receiving
treatment at a hospital in Dar es Salaam.
Magufuli asked Tanzanians to pray for the family of the
Mkapa was 81.
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