MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCES FROM THE ALL AFRICA CONFERENCE OF CHURCHES (AACC) ON THE DEATH OF H.E. JOHN POMBE MAGUFULI, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA
The All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) has learnt with great shock and sadness the untimely death of President John Pombe Magufuli, of the United Republic of Tanzania.
On behalf of the AACC and its members, and on my own behalf, I wish to express my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family, relatives and friends of the late President, as well as to all the people of Tanzania, on the loss of a great leader.
The tragedy is compounded by the fact that President Magufuli was sworn in to serve for a second five-year term only in November 2020. His energy, zeal and passion for developing his country will be sorely missed by Tanzanians.
Clearly, President Magufuli loved his country, and was the face of his government’s efforts to uplift the welfare of the people of Tanzania, who will remember him for many things. Tanzanians came to experience a government machinery which worked for them in dignity by restoring honor and accountability in public service. He abhorred and successfully fought against corruption head on in his government giving a breath of fresh air in a continent where corruption has become a pandemic. He was a committed Pan-Africanist, who relentlessly strived for moving his country towards self-reliance by espousing respect for the dignity of Africa and Africans. He fought bravely to ensure Tanzania fairly benefitted from its resources. His unapologetic, consistent use of Swahili as language of communication everywhere was a clear part of his patriotism and respect for African heritage.
And lastly, he was a president who was very strong in his Christian faith in God, and demonstrated this in a very public manner, while respecting other faiths. Tanzania has lost one of their most consequential leaders, and the continent one of its most illustrious sons.
We pray for Tanzania, that God may grant the country a smooth transition.
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
Rev. Dr. Fidon Mwombeki