Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta has announced seven-day national mourning for the late Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli.
NAN reports that Kenyatta who made the declaration on Thursday at a televised address said Kenyan and the East African Community flags would fly at half-mast across the national territory, all its vessels and embassies during the period.
President Kenyatta said he had lost a comrade with whom he had worked closely in the transformation of the East African region.
“Africa is mourning after the loss of an outstanding son.
“I have lost a friend, a colleague and a visionary ally with whom I worked closely,” he said.
Recall that President Magufuli died while undergoing treatment for a heart ailment at a hospital in the capital, Dar es Salaam, Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan announced.
The President was being treated for a condition known as chronic atrial fibrillation, which causes abnormal heart rhythm and is known to promote other conditions including heart failure and stroke, according to official sources.