By Elias Munshya

I wish to apologize to everyone who was offended when I posted that President Magufuli had died of COVID-19. In fact, the Tanzanian government has confirmed that he died of a heart failure occasioned by a cardiac arrest.

Just yesterday the Prime Minister of Tanzania announced that the late President was doing well and was pushing files in his office in Dar-es-Salaam. As a result, the Tanzanian government arrested several Tanzanians and opposition figures who had speculated on the absence of their President.

Please accept my apologies and I urge all the people like me to follow official communication from the government of the United Republic of Tanzania. We need to ensure that no Tanzanian, or Zambian like me is jailed for making these completely unsubstantiated speculations that COVID-19 took the late President’s life. COVID-19 was completely destroyed in Tanzania and so there is absolutely no basis upon which an inferrence can be made that the beloved African president was taken by it.

As an African, I must learn to accept official communication from the government and not speculate. And for that, I apologize.

Thank you. And may God bless Africa.

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