Tanzania’s former president Benjamin Mkapa dies, presidency says

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (R) shares a light moment with former President of Tanzania Benjamin Mkapa during ameeting at State House Entebbe. /File Photo
By :
Baluku Geoffrey

DAR ES SALAAM – Tanzania’s former President Benjamin William Mkapa, 81 has died, President John Magufuli has announced.

In a brief televised address on Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC), President Magufuli said Mkapa died in the early hours of Friday, July 24 at a Dar eS Salaam Hospital.

“Mzee Benjamin William Mkapa the third President of Tanzania has died at a Da es Salaam hospital where he was admitted” announced President Magufuli.

“I call on all Tanzanians to receive the news of his death and pray for Mzee Mkapa,” Dr Magufuli said, adding that more information will be released.

In a follow up post on twitter, Magufuli said he would remember the late Mkapa for his performance in buidling the Tanzanian economy.

– Benjamin Mkapa –

Born in 1938, Benjamin William Mkapa graduated from Makerere University in Uganda in 1962 with a degree in English.

He also attended Columbia University in 1963 and was awarded a master’s degree in international affairs.

In 1995, Mkapa was elected as President based on a popular anti-corruption campaign and the strong support of former president Julius Nyerere. His anti-corruption efforts included creation of an open forum called the Presidential Commission on Corruption (Warioba Commission) and increased support for the Prevention of Corruption Bureau.

Mkapa’s second five-year term of office as President ended in December 2005. During this term in office, Mkapa privatized state-owned corporations and instituted free market policies.

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