PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has sent a condolence message to the Tanzanian President, John Magufuli, following the passing on of former Tanzanian President, Mzee Benjamin William Mkapa.
Former President Benjamin Mkapa, 81, died at Dar es Salaam Hospital where he was admitted.
Tanzanian President, John Magufuli, announced the death of the former Tanzanian Leader in a televised address.
In his condolence message, President Mnangagwa said the death of Mzee Mkapa has robbed the Mkapa family and the Tanzanians at large.
“The untimely death of Mzee Mkapa, who served as President during the period 1995 to 2005 has robbed the Mkapa family and the people of United Republic of Tanzania of an exemplary father and astute politician.
His legacy shall live forever, within the Republic of Tanzania, the East African region and beyond” said President Mnangagwa.
President Mnangagwa said the late leader leaves behind a legacy of peace, stability and economic development on the east African nation, the East African community, SADC and the whole African continent.
President Magufuli has since declared a seven-day mourning period. During this time, all flags in the country will be flown at half-mast.
Mr Mkapa led Tanzania from 1995 to 2005 before handing over to Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.
He was born on November 12, 1938.