John Magufuli, the president of Tanzania, died at 61 from a “heart ailment” he had battled with for the last decade, CNN reported. President Magufuli became recognized worldwide in 2020 after he rejected China’s COVID-19 testing kits after instructing the Tanzanian security force to test the kit’s quality, which gave surprising results.
The late president had instructed several non-human samples, including a goat, sheep, and pawpaw, to be tested and were assigned human names and ages, Reuters had reported in May 2020. Tanzania’s laboratory tested the samples for the COVID-19 virus, unaware of the samples’ origins, and they were tested positive.
“There is something happening. I said before we should not accept that every aid is meant to be good for this nation,” Magufuli had said at the time.
Rumours are circulating online about the causes of Magufuli’s death, which includes the COVID-19 virus as a possibility, which is ironic since he was a “COVID skeptic.”
According to BBC news, the new President Samia Suluhu Hassan said her predecessor died from heart complications at a hospital in Dar es Salaam. Hassan, Africa’s only current female national leader, is also the first female president of the East African country.
The media has focused on Magufuli coming off as a COVID-19 skeptic even though he has proved that non-human samples can test positive for the COVID-19 virus. The late president also supported herbal-infused steam therapy to counter the virus.
Although COVID-19 “vaccines” remain experimental as they are still undergoing trials, anyone who has suggested treating the virus using alternative methods has been globally criticized and censored.
After being elected, Magufuli was nicknamed “Bulldozer” because he got the work done, BBC reported.
Magufuli got rid of thousands of “ghost workers,” which means non-existent employees sitting on the public payroll. He fired officials he considered corrupt or under-performing, according to the BBC report. He blocked extravagant spending, cancelling Independence Day celebrations and instead ordered a public clean-up while getting his hands dirty by picking up garbage outside State House. He even inspired a Twitter hashtag #WhatWouldMagufuliDo.
Despite some of his effective changes, few were not happy with him banning live parliamentary broadcasts, which was seen as censorship. According to the BBC report, Tanzania also passed a law that would punish anyone questioning official statistics and made the state have custody over official data.
Influential leaders have always been questioned about positions they take on during their time in the office; however, the one that seems to stand out after Magufuli’s death is his stance on the COVID-19 virus.
Magufuli told Tanzania to attend church, not to wear masks and had no plans about vaccination.
Tanzania has a population of 61,015,437 people, according to World Population Review. Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, 509 people tested positive for COVID-19, 183 recovered, and 21 deaths were reported, according to Worldometer as of March 23.
Due to Tanzanian law, which makes the country the sole custodian of official documents, it may be a long time until an investigation into the real cause of Magufulis’ death is known.
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