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Tanzanian president John Magufuli dies

Date: 19 March 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • Tanzania's President John Magufuli, one of Africa's most prominent coronavirus sceptics, has died aged 61.
  • Magufuli, had not been seen in public since Feb. 27, sparking rumours that he had contracted Covid-19. He was Tanzania's is the first president to die while in office.
  • Magufuli was Nicknamed "The Bulldozer" because of his reputation for pushing through policies despite opposition,
  • He had mocked coronavirus tests, denounced vaccines as part of a Western conspiracy to take Africa's wealth, and opposed mask-wearing and social distancing.