Dar mourners breach airport to bid farewell to Magufuli

Monday March 22 2021
Samia Suluhu and Janeth Magufuli.

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan comforts John Magufuli's widow Janeth Magufuli at her home in Dar es salaam on March 19, 2021. PHOTO | PSU


Tanzanians thronged the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in Dar es Salaam on Sunday, as authorities prepared to transport the body of President John Pombe Magufuli to the capital city, Dodoma.

Thousands of mourners walked around JNIA singing ‘Magufuli Shujaa, Magufuli Shujaa' meaning 'Magufuli a hero', going from one plane to another as they looked for the plane carrying the casket.

As per the announced schedule, Dar es Salaam residents were allowed to say their final goodbyes to the president on Saturday and Sunday at Uhuru Stadium.

John Magufuli.

Women cry as attendees mourn the death of Tanzania's fifth president John Magufuli during the national funeral at Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam on March 20, 2021. PHOTO | STR | AFP

His body left the commercial capital and was moved to Dodoma. It will thereafter be taken to Zanzibar then Mwanza before being sent to his ancestral home in Chato, Geita region, for final burial rights. His burial is set for Friday.

John Magufuli funeral.

Personnel of The Tanzania People's Defence Force (TPDF) carry the coffin of fifth Tanzanian president John Magufuli during the national funeral at Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on March 20, 2021. PHOTO | STR | AFP


Mr Magufuli died on March 17, from heart complications at Mzena Hospital, and current President Samia Suluhu announced his death on the same day.

Mr Magufuli, Tanzania’s fifth president, is the first to die in office.