President Lazarus Chakwera is describing the death of his Tanzanian counterpart John Magufuli as a loss to the African continent.
Tanzania’s vice-president Samia Suluhu Hassan says Magufuli died on Wednesday from heart complications at a hospital in Dar es Salaam.
Magufuli, aged 61, had not been seen in public for more than two weeks, and rumours have been circulating about his health.
Opposition politicians said last week that he had contracted Covid-19, but this has not been confirmed.
In a brief statement, Chakwera sends a message of condolences to the people of Tanzania as they observe 14 days of national mourning.
According to Chakwera, Magufuli was a towering symbol of Africa’s economic resurgence.
The Malawi leader also prays for a spirit of unity in a manner that maintains peace and stability as the country forges ahead after the death of Magufuli.
The two leaders met in October last year in the midst of the pandemic.
The Malawian leader was criticised for not following Covid measures while there, as his counterpart did not recognize Corona Virus, hence conducting business as usual.
Flags are flying at half-mast in honor of Magufuli who was one of Africa’s most prominent coronavirus skeptics.
He called for prayers and herbal-infused steam therapy to counter the virus.
A local governance commentator tips Malawi to emulate Magufuli’s fiscal prudence concept as a practical lesson to improve the country’s economy.
Magufuli popularly known as a bulldozer, was widely respected for maintaining discipline in the public sector.
The commentator, Sunduzwayo Madise from the Chancellor College tells Capital FM that politicians should emulate Magufuli’s character.