Dar es Salaam, 11 March, 2021 / 4:28 pm (ACI Africa).
The reported absence of Tanzania’s President John Pombe Magufuli from the public eye has raised questions about his health situation, speculation being rife that he was hospitalized earlier in the week in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi for COVID-19-related complications.
Tanzania’s opposition leader, Tundu Lissu, has been widely quoted as expressing concerns about the whereabouts and health situation of President Magufuli, adding that his “sources” had confirmed to him that the 61-year-old Head of State was being treated at a Kenyan hospital for coronavirus.
In his Tuesday, March 9 tweet, Mr. Lissu posted, “The President’s well-being is a matter of grave public concern. We’re informed when Kikwete had prostate surgery. We’re told when Mkapa went for hip replacement. We’re not kept in the dark when Mwalimu fought leukemia. What’s it with Magufuli that we don’t deserve to know?”
In a Wednesday, March 10 BBC report, Mr. Lissu is quoted as saying that President Magufuli had “suffered a cardiac arrest and is in a critical condition” and that he had been flown to Nairobi on the night of Monday, March 8.
In the news report, Mr. Lissu faults President Magufuli for being reckless amid COVID-19 pandemic.