5 dies in a stampede at Magufuli’s funeral

Suzan Mtua, 30, died alongside four children from the same family aged 11, 8, 6, and 5.

A family spokesperson told The Citizen that “We went to the hospital and searched all patients’ wards, but we couldn’t find Suzan and the children. Later, the doctors told us to go and look for them in the mortuary where we found the dead bodies of the five.”.

Reports suggest that several mourners fainted during Sunday’s stampede adding that over 40 people may have died in the process even though authorities are yet to confirm.

Magufuli died last Wednesday from heart complications at a hospital in Dar es Salaam. His Vice President, Samia Suluhu Hassan has since been sworn in as president in accordance with the country’s constitution.

On Monday (March 22, 2021), some African leaders were present in the Tanzanian city of Dodoma for Magufuli’s state funeral with thousands of people in attendance. “We mourn the loss of our friend, our brother, a hard worker,” Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said. “He showed us that, as Africans, we have the potential to liberate ourselves from dependence on foreigners. That we have potential as Africans to manage our economies and ensure that our people get justice.”

Tanzania’s new President Samia Suluhu Hassan described Magufuli as not just a leader but “a guardian and parent to many… and an honest man.”

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