Former Tanzania President Benjamin Mkapa’s death was confirmed by President John Pombe Magufuli who said he died on 24 July in a Dar Es Salaam hospital.
Mkapa, 81, played a major role in restoring peace after the 2007 post election violence.
Raila Odinga who was made Prime Minister following a power-sharing deal that was spearheaded by Mkapa and the late Koffi Annan has described him as a friend to the Kenyans, a Pan Africanist and a global statesman.
“In Kenya, we retain fond memories of his mediation efforts alongside Dr. Koffi Annan and Graca Machel that helped the country return to peace after the 2007-2008 election violence.” Tweeted Odinga.
Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula remembered the time he worked together with him in 2007 saying he was wise, humble, and an eminent leader.
“…He was part of the Eminent African leaders that helped Kenya emerge from the brink of civil war following the 2007 election dispute. May his soul RIP.” Tweeted Wetangula.
While announcing his death, Magufuli has declared 7 days of mourning in Tanzania.
“Mzee Mkapa is death. I inform all Tanzanians that President Mkapa is no more. More information will be released later but mzee Mkapa is dead” Said Magufuli in Swahili in his brief television statement on Tanzania Broadcasting Cooperation (TBC?.
Mkapa was president of Tanzania from 1995 to 2005 before he handed over to Jakaya Kikwete.
He was born on November 12, 1938.