Chakwera says Magufuli ‘not only an icon but a Hero’

President Lazarus Chakwera  says the departed Tanzanian president John Pombe Magufuli was a towering symbol of Africa’s economic resurgence and described him an icon and a hero in the African continent.

President Lazarus Chakwera briefs members of the media before he departs for the State funeral of late President of Tanzania Dr John Pombe Magufuli-pic by Lisa Kadango
The Malawi President arrives in Tanzania on Monday, March 22. Pic courtesy of Govat Nyirenda

Chakwera, speaking on Monday at the Jamhuri Stadium in Dodoma, Tanzania during Magufuli’s funeral requiem mass, eurogised: “166 days ago, President John Pombe Magufuli and I had dinner together at the State Residence in Dar es Salaam, but I did not know that it would be our last supper.

“The following day, he saw me off the apron of Julius Nyerere International Airport, but I did not know that it would be our last goodbye. Today, I join you all in a state of shock and grief at the passing of one of Africa’s finest sons because none of us  saw it coming.”

President Chakwera said the ability to let no one see his next move coming, which is unsettling in Magufuli’s death, is also what is inspiring about the departed Tanzanian leader’s life.

Said Chakwera: “When they said laziness and sloth in public service cannot be cured, they did not see Magufuli coming.

“When they said the cartels of corruption strangling Africa’s governments cannot be defeated, they did not see Magufuli coming.”

Further eulogised Chakwera: “When they said African States cannot become middle-income economies within a single presidential term, they did not see Magufuli.”

Chakwera stated that prescriptions of foreign financial institutions that have left Africa more impoverished and in debt than they found it, did not see Magufuli coming.

“To us who had the privilege of knowing the  unpredictable Magufuli, the example of his life of service shall forever be a launching pad for our own.

“To us who have the honour of going through this world as Africans, Magufuli’s love of country shall forever be a light on that pilgrimage,” said Chakwera.

‘Hero’

Chakwera appealed to all the African leaders to borrow a leaf from Magufuli’s leadership.

He said: “To us who have been entrusted with  governing the nations of our beautiful and rich continent, Magufuli’s leadership shall forever move us out of complacency.”

“It is right for us to hold him in this regard. John Pombe Magufuli was not just an icon. He was a hero.”

He further said Magufuli’s ways of fighting corruption has changed Tanzania to what the country is now.

Chakwera sent his condolences to the people of Tanzania on behalf of the people of Malawi and emphasised that the two countries will work together.

“Let me assure you your Excellency Samia Suluhu Hassan that Malawi stands with you during this hard moment,” Chakwera said.

The Malawian leader is among the 10 African presidents including South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa,  Botswana’s Mokgweetsi Masisi, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame and Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta that joined Tanzanians at Jamhuri Stadium to pay their last honour to their loved President.

The body of John Pombe Magufuli will be laid to rest on Friday, March 26, 2021 in his home town Chato.

Magufuli has left behind seven children and 10 grandchildren.

He died of chronic atrial fibrillation, a condition he battled for 10 years.

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Assange WikiLeaks
1 month ago

U hero sungapange ndi covid-19. He was openly challenging it and saying there was no covid -19. Surely Tanzanians cannot accept it was covid-19.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
1 month ago

He was a fool. Promoted his stupid remedies and somehow believed that God will just make it disappear. Didn’t realise/understand that God was using these scientists (angels) to bring about solution to the problem. In the end, his foolishness and ignorance has killed him together with the many that blindly followed him.

laws
laws
1 month ago

It raises a lot of questions.He decided to attend Magufuli’s miles away yet he failed to attend to Mia’s,the one who used his own resources to put him where he is.?????????

Hate it or take it but it's a fact
Reply to  laws

It’s not Mia who put Chakwera on the position of president but Malawians with their votes, put it right and Express it in better term than this then I will agree with uuuu.
Don’t be myopic my friend.

Kwachera Uname
Kwachera Uname
1 month ago

John Pombe Magufuli was he Peoples’ President who talks on things and they happen, not Mr. Talk, Talk and Talk.

Donda wa Donda
Donda wa Donda
1 month ago

What surprised me was that all state presidents talked good about Magufuli but did not commit to emulating his approach to development. Only a few mentioned Swahili here and there but that does not reflect on what Magufuli managed to achieve for his people. That said I think Malawians should start learning Swahili more than Botswana and South Africa – Tanzania is our neighbor and we trading with its people on a daily basis. Back to my issues, I strongly advise our own president to start championing real and tangible change for Malawians. My president is fighting to be always… Read more »

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Bauleni
Bauleni
1 month ago
Reply to  Donda wa Donda

Nonsense

Chokwadu
Chokwadu
1 month ago

Mukhalira kuyamikira anzanu pamene inu palibe chimene mukuchita. Magufuli anachotsa anthu mboma opanga ma qualifications pamene inu ndiye mukutenga anthu ngati Bendulo ndi ena achibale ndi opuma kuwabwezeretsa pa ntchito. Palibe chingayende

Bauleni
Bauleni
1 month ago
Reply to  Chokwadu

Koma ndipo

Wakwiya ndi kadeti
1 month ago

Magufuli anayika moyo wake pa chiswe and it does not matter whether it was a heart disease of not. Covid-19 attacks age and those with underlying factors. There is a difference between a pandemic and an epidemic. This is a global disease and Magufuli should have listened. I put him him in the group okana condom. He could have done better on the pandemic. Allow vaccines. Allow people to wear masks and sanitize.

Bauleni
Bauleni
1 month ago

Respect to the dead but he was an idiot

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Malawi Withu Lero
Malawi Withu Lero
1 month ago

It doesn’t need M’busa ndi wa bodza Talk Talk Chakwera to tell us Magufuli is a Hero of Africa. M’busa ndi wa bodza tell us who for you are a corrupt, tribalist of the worst kind because yiu pretend to be a man of God. Nine months wasted listening to your Talk Talk full of empty promises and lies M’busa ndi wa bodza.

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The Judge
The Judge
1 month ago

Chokani nanuso apa, inu munakhala m,boma zaka zambiri, munapanga chani? to speak is when you have a mouth, Chigwandali chanu chija chinkalankhula? get lost! mukodza simunati ndipo mulira chakwanu nywe nywe nywe nywe nywe!

Ngombwax
Ngombwax
1 month ago

There we go again! People like Magufuli, Kagame and Kamuzu are not heros. They’re brutal thugs that should be relegated to the dustbins of history. The problem with us Africans is that we’ve been ruled by corrupt thugs for far too long that, whenever we happen to encounter a non-corrupt thug, we believe they’re a godsend and that they can therefore tread on our rights all they want. It’s not an either/or situation; we deserve a leader who is as competent as Kagame/Kamuzu/Magufuli, but without their brutal traits. Is that too much to ask? Hell, they won’t be doing us… Read more »

The Judge
The Judge
1 month ago
Reply to  Ngombwax

The problem of thinking of that every one is like you is what you are, the way you think doesnt march even a standard 3 kid. you a problem in your family that is if you have a family. I take that you have, please take your idiotic thinking to your relatives not here man! after all you are not Africa.

Matako akana pansi
Matako akana pansi
1 month ago
Reply to  Ngombwax

Thanks for providing the link.I have read the article/ eulogy with great interest and the author has called a spade a spade.He has actually painted a true picture of Magufuli; his strengths and weaknesses.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
1 month ago
Reply to  Ngombwax

True Ngobwax. I have said similar on my other postings on this man elsewhere. The guy became a dictator and his ignorance on covid-19 has not only caused his death, but the many innocent who blindly followed him.

Yao king
Yao king
1 month ago

What about you? What are you going to do for us to remember you as? You started very poor ( u gave us big port full of lies) now chilima is hiding long as iyeyo chilima akudya katatu. You are saving your stomarch not people from Malawi…oh my poor Malawi i feel so sad( abusa my foot) You even failed to attend maliro a sadiki Mia and now you have some balls to use our money to TZ? Lets say u failed to attend coz of colona… kodi kolona pano watha?very stupid technics fool!!!what is the different between peter and… Read more »

Casper B.
Casper B.
1 month ago

Its well between us Mr Magufuli. Your life was an example to other African leaders. We shall perservere!

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