President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared a seven day national mourning in honour of the departed Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli.
Uhuru has also ordered that the Kenyan flag and that of the East Africa Community be flown at half mast from today to the sunset of the day that Magufuli will be burried.
“I Uhuru Kenyatta under the authority invested in me by the republic of Kenya do hereby order that in testimony of the high esteem in which the people of Kenya hold President John Pombe Magufuli, the republic of Kenya will observe a seven day period of national mourning,” said Uhuru.
“Also as a symbol of the enduring respect for the fallen president as well as our solemn solidarity with the people and the nation of the united republic of Tanzania, the flag of the East African Community and the flag of the Republic of Kenya shall be flown at half mast at all public buildings and public grounds and at all Kenya’s diplomatic missions abroad from today Thursday 18th March 2021 until sunset on the day of the funeral,” said Uhuru.
Uhuru has eulogised Magufuli as an immense leader whose leadership propelled the nation of Tanzania forward.
The president has described Magufuli as a friend, a colleague and a regional ally whom he worked closely with.
Magufuli’s death was announced yesterday by Vice President Samia Suluhu who stated that he died of heart complications.