Entebbe, Uganda – President Yoweri Museveni has mourned the Late president of Tanzania His Excellency John Pombe Magufuli describing him as a patriot who could not tolerate corruption and the meddling of outside countries into the affairs of Tanzania.
“It is therefore a great shock that such a useful leader has died so early when he was beginning to make an impact on his country,” President Museveni said.
Mr. Museveni extended his heartfelt condolences on behalf of the people of Uganda and the ruling National Resistance Movement to the family of the late President John Pombe Magufuli and the people of Tanzania as well as to the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), the dominant ruling party in Tanzania.
He directed that all flags be flown at half-mast until the day of the funeral.
“In honour of his contribution, I direct all the flags in Uganda to fly at half- mast until the day of his burial. May the Almighty God Rest His Soul in Eternal Peace,” he said.
According to president Museveni, Tanzania remains a very important country in the history of Africa and on account of the good leadership of Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, Tanzania became a base of all the freedom fighters in Africa.
He, however noted that because of the unwillingness by the colonialists to grant African countries their independence, Africans had decided that if anybody would not do that freely, Africans would fight with arms.
However, even when many African countries did not support this move of armed struggle, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, Mzee Kaunda and Kwame Nkurumah, Sekou Ture of Guinea Bissau, Ben Bella of Algeria and Kamara Abdu Nasser of Egypt supported the struggle.
The Ugandan leader noted that when the Late Magufuli came to power, he had a lot of enthusiasm for Mwalimu’s thinking of Unity and Patriotism.
“He did not want Tanzania to be dictated to by external forces…very allergic to external meddling,” he said, adding that H.E. Magufuli was also very enthusiastic on the East African Federation.
Mr. Museveni also pointed out that President Magufuli never entertained foreign travel, a move that made the country save a lot of funds he used in very many projects including that of the Airlines.
“One of the things he did, which we should learn from him was to stop foreign travel by the parasitic civil servants who are always squandering scarce resources by travelling abroad,” he said.
The President recalled that he last talked to the late Tanzanian leader on the day of the East African Summit. And was later represented by his Vice President at the virtual conference.