Latest John Magufuli News

Billionaire philanthropist: vaccine hoarding hurts Africa

Jun. 09, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Billionaire philanthropist Mo Ibrahim is sharply criticizing the hoarding of COVID-19 vaccines by wealthy nations, urging the international community to “walk the talk" of equitable distribution as Africa desperately lags behind. Ibrahim, a...

Tanzania experts suggest overhaul of COVID-19 denial policy

May. 17, 2021 18:56 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A special committee of health experts formed by Tanzania's new president on Monday recommended an overhaul of the country's approach to COVID-19, which until lately was to deny its existence. Soon after being sworn into office in March, President...

Tanzania's new president on two-day state visit to Kenya

May. 04, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan is on a two-day state visit to Kenya aimed at improving trade relations between the two East African neighbors which had deteriorated as a result of her predecessor's denial of COVID-19. Hassan has agreed to...

Tanzania's new president changes policy on COVID-19, media

Apr. 06, 2021 20:27 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Tanzania's new president appears to be taking a new, scientific approach to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. President Samia Suluhu Hassan said Tuesday she will form a technical committee to advise her about the scope of COVID-19 infections in the...

Tanzania: 45 people died stampede to see ex-president's body

Mar. 30, 2021 09:58 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Tanzanian police have said 45 people died in a stampede last week during a public viewing of the body of the country's late President John Magufuli before he was buried. Magufuli was revered by many in Tanzania for his pugnacious style of...

Tanzania gives hero's burial to president who denied virus

Mar. 26, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Tanzania has given a hero's burial to President John Magufuli, who died earlier this month after denying that COVID-19 was a danger to the East African country. Magufuli's coffin was lowered into the ground Friday by military generals followed by a...

5 die in stampede to view body of Tanzania's Magufuli

Mar. 22, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Five people, including four children, died in a suspected stampede during a public viewing of the body of former Tanzanian President John Magufuli over the weekend, as regional leaders joined Tanzanians to pay their last respects to the controversial leader. ...

Samia Suluhu Hassan becomes Tanzania's first woman president

Mar. 19, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Samia Suluhu Hassan made history Friday when she was sworn in as Tanzania’s first female president after the death of her controversial predecessor, John Magufuli, who denied that COVID-19 is a problem in the East African country. ...

Vice President urges calm as Tanzania's leader still unseen

Mar. 18, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — As Tanzania's president has not been seen in public for more than two weeks, the East African country's vice president on Monday sought to reassure the nation, saying it was “normal” for human beings to suffer colds and other illnesses. ...

Tanzania cops arrest man for reporting that president is ill

Mar. 18, 2021 10:39 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Tanzanian police have arrested a man for circulating posts saying that President John Magufuli is in ill health. Magufuli has not been seen in public for two weeks, sparking unconfirmed reports from opposition leaders that he is unwell and...