Tanzania’s first lady, Janet Magufuli, has eulogized her late husband following his sudden death on Wednesday evening.
John Magufuli, one of Africa’s most prominent coronavirus sceptics, died on Wednesday at a hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He was 61.
“President John Magufuli died of a heart ailment that he has battled for over 10 years,” Samia Suluhu Hassan said.
In an emotional speech to the nation, the former First Lady could not hold back her feelings as she recalled the precious moments shared together with her late husband, the Tanzanian President.
Besides being a jovial man full of humor and laughter, Janet Magufuli recalled how her late husband was also romantic in bed. The former primary 5 teacher said she will truly miss the good moments she shared with the late president.
“He loved morning sex, I will dearly miss him so much.”, Janet said, adding that President Magufuli was a dedicated man who had passion for Tanzanian and was committed to ensuring the country’s economic prosperity.
John Magufuli died after days of speculation he was ill with Covid-19, but the country’s Prime Minister dispelled the rumor last week that he had coronavirus.
According to CNN, Magufuli dismissed the seriousness of coronavirus in Tanzania early in the pandemic, urging his citizens to “pray coronavirus away,” believing the “satanic virus can’t live in the body of Jesus Christ,” and blaming the growing number of positive cases on faulty test kits.
“I remember him since his days when he was minister of works and then he became president, a president who worked hard that even if you didn’t agree with him it got to a point that you agreed with him. I appreciated him, he did a really good job,” one man, Patrice Tarimo, said in Dar es Salaam after hearing the news.
Nicknamed “The Bulldozer” because of his reputation for pushing through policies despite opposition, Magufuli frustrated the World Health Organization (WHO) during the pandemic by playing down the threat from COVID-19, saying god and remedies such as steam inhalation would protect Tanzanians.
According to Reuters, the former chemistry teacher had mocked coronavirus tests, denounced vaccines as part of a Western conspiracy to take Africa’s wealth, and opposed mask-wearing and social distancing.
Following Magnufuli’s sudden death from an illness shrouded in mystery, the Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan was sworn in on Friday as the East African country’s first female president.
“I, Samia Suluhu Hassan, promise to be honest and obey and protect the constitution of Tanzania,” said Hassan, dressed in a black suit and red headscarf before dignitaries at a ceremony in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.