The President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr. John Joseph Magufuli has passed away. An official statement issued to the public by the Vice President, Samia Suluhu Hassan on National Television (TBC) tonight March 17, 2021 at 23:00 EAT stated that President Magufuli has died today from a heart attack at Mzena Hospital in Dar. President Magufuli was admitted on March 6 at the Jakaya Kikwete Heart Institute for heart failure.
The country will be in mourning period for 14 days and the flags will fly at half-mast
Dr. John Joseph Pombe Magufuli is a chemist and chemist with a PhD.
He was born on October 29, 1959 in Chato, Geita region, northwestern Tanzania.
Magufuli received his primary education at Chato Primary School from 1967 to 1974.
In 1975 he joined Katoke Seminary in Biharamulo, Kagera for Secondary Education and then joined Lake Secondary School in Mwanza until 1978 when he graduated.
In 1979 he joined Mkwawa High School, Iringa for Form Five and Six and graduated in 1981.
From 1981 to 1982 he studied for a Diploma in Teaching Science at Mkwawa Teachers College, Iringa. The main subjects are Chemistry and Mathematics
While on the job, Magufuli decided to develop himself by joining the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) in 1985 until 1988 when he was awarded a Master’s Degree in Chemistry and Mathematics.
From 1991 to 1994 he studied for a Master’s Degree in Chemistry (Msc. Chemistry) at the University of Dar es Salaam Tanzania and the University of Salford, United Kingdom.
In 2009 he was awarded a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Dar es Salaam
Between 1983 and 1984, Magufuli underwent military training in accordance with the law at the Makutupora Nation Building Camps – Dodoma, Makuyuni – Arusha and Mpwapwa – Dodoma.
After graduating with a Diploma in Teaching, he taught Mathematics and Chemistry at Sengerema Secondary School from 1983.
After that he worked as a Chemist at the Nyanza Cooperative Association in Mwanza until 1995.
The star of Magufuli shone in politics, when he ran for and won the Chato constituency in 1995. In the same year he was appointed Deputy Minister of Works, a position he held until 2000.
After the election in 2000, he was elected Minister of Works, a position he held until 2006 when he was transferred to the Ministry of Lands and Housing Development where he remained until 2008.
In 2010, he was appointed Minister of Construction for the second time and remained in that position until 2015.
On July 12, 2015, he was elected as the Presidential candidate of Tanzania through the Revolutionary Party (CCM) with Samia Suluhu Hassani as a running mate.
On 29 October 2015 he was declared by the National Electoral Commission as the Fifth Term President of the United Republic of Tanzania with a victory of 8,882,935 votes equivalent to 58.46%.
Magufuli was sworn in as the Fifth President of the United Republic of Tanzania on 5 November 2015.
On October 30, 2020, the Tanzania Electoral Commission announced John Pombe Magufuli as president for a second term with 12.5 million votes, equivalent to 84 percent, defeating his closest rival, Tundu Lissu of the Party for Democracy and Development (CHADEMA). who received 1.9 million votes.
Some of his quotes:
“It’s easy for them to hate you … look like you’re not a good politician (Unpopular) because I didn’t come looking for a fiancé. I’ve come to work for Tanzanians.” – September 7, 2017