Former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa dies aged 81

Mkapa dies

Former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa dies aged 81

Following the death the former Tanzanian president Mr. Benjamin Mkapa, President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced that the country will observe three days of national mourning.

During the three days, both the Kenyan and the East African flag will be hoisted at half mast beginning Monday morning to Wednesday evening.

In his statement, the president recognized Mr. Mkapa’s key role in the mediation plan that resolved the 2007, 2008 post election violence.

 “Our nation’s peace, reconciliation and greater unity can be directly linked to the spirited actions, wisdom, mediation and sacrifice of the Late President Mkapa and his colleagues on the Panel of Eminent Persons,” Uhuru said.

President John Magufuli announced Mkapa’s death early Friday, July 24th, 2020.

He passed away at the age of 81 but so far the cause of his death has not been made public.

Mkapa led Tanzania beginning 23 November 1995 – 21 December 2005

President showered more praise on the late saying he was a diligent advocate for equality, a peacemaker and someone who commanded admiration around the world.