President Magufuli Absence Prompts Questions by Tanzanian Opposition
Tanzanian opposition leader Tundu Lissu questioned President John Magufuli’s whereabouts, as speculation swirled on social media that he’s fallen ill and been admitted to hospital.
Magufuli, 61 was last seen in public on Feb. 24 during a tour of the commercial hub, Dar es Salaam, where he inspected projects and addressed public gatherings. The president was scheduled to attend a virtual heads-of-state summit for the East African Community regional bloc on Feb. 27, but was represented by Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan.
Speculation is rife on social media on the whereabouts of Tanzania’s President, John Pombe Magufuli.
One Kenyan newspaper alleges that he may be admitted to one of the country’s private hospitals.
While the Kenyan Newspaper did not mention the Tanzanian head of state by name, it described his government’s reluctance to adhere to COVID-19 protocols.
It quoted diplomatic sources indicating that the leader has been on a ventilator and that he has been ailing for weeks now.
The report further says he arrived in Kenya on Monday.
Meanwhile, Kenya’s former opposition leader Raila Odinga is said to be admitted at the same hospital after he complained of fatigue.