President Yoweri Museveni, a strong advocate of a unified East African states establishment has mourned the second death of a reigning president in the region within less than a year.
“I have, with great sadness, learnt of the death of His Excellency John Pombe Magufuli. We join Tanzania in mourning the passing of a great son of Africa” Mr Museveni tweeted Thursday morning.
Mr Museveni eulogized Magufuli as a “pragmatic leader who believed in and worked for the economic empowerment of East Africans.”
Bobi Wine, the Ugandan opposition leader has also expressed his sadness through this Tweet:
According to authorities, President Magufuli, 61, died late Wednesday from a heart complication called chronic atrial fibrillation.
His demise comes nearly a year after then Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza died last year on June 8.