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President Kenyatta eulogies with family of Mkapa, hails him as an outstanding East African

Former Tanzania President Benjamin Mkapa dies aged 81

President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence to President John Joseph Pombe Magufuli, Tanzanians and the family of Former President Benjamin Mkapa who passed away on Friday.

He mourned the departed Tanzanian leader as an outstanding East African who worked tirelessly for the integration, peace and progress of the region.

The President wished the family of the Former President and all Tanzanians God’s comfort and fortitude as they mourn their departed leader.

The late Benjamin William Mkapa, 81, was confirmed dead by Tanzania’s Head of State John Pombe Magufuli.

While relaying the news on Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) July 24, President Magufuli said Mr Mkapa died at Dar es Salaam Hospital where he was admitted.

“I call on all Tanzanians to receive the news of his death and to pray for Mzee Mkapa. More information will be released but Mzee Mkapa is no more,” he said in a brief television statement.

He also declared a seven-day mourning period. During this time, all flags in the country will be flown at half-mast.

Kenyans will remember the late Mkapa for leading peace mediation efforts in the region, including taking part in Kenya’s post-election conciliation exercise in 2008.

He was part of the Panel of Eminent African Personalities, led by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, which ended the post-election violence after the highly disputed December 27, 2007 elections.

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