Lungu mourns Magufuli, King Zwelithini


President Edgar Lungu is saddened by the death of Tanzanian President, John Magufuli, who died on March 17, 2021.

President Lungu said the late President of Tanzania was his good friend whom he described as an outspoken, fearless and practical modern African leader who made the world pay attention to his unconventional leadership as he transformed his country.

Dr. Lungu said the untimely death of President Magufuli will forever be painfully etched in the collective memory of the people of Tanzania for his selflessness to bring about socio economic transformation and prosperity to his countrymen.

“It is with a deep sense of shock and sorrow that I learnt of the untimely death of His Excellency President John Pombe Magufuli. Allow me, therefore, to extend, on behalf of the Government and people of Zambia and indeed on my own behalf, sincere condolences to the Government and people of Tanzania, as well as the bereaved family on this great loss of this prolific son of Africa,” said.

The President further stated that on the regional front, the late President Magufuli will be remembered for his immense contribution towards the growth of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) through his recent chairmanship of the regional body.

He added that the late Dr. Magufuli was also passionate about the promotion of the Swahili language throughout the SADC region and would go out of his way to teach fellow Presidents the Swahili language during meetings.

President Lungu recalled his tour with Dr. Magufuli at the Zambia Revenue Authority offices in Nakonde, and later address to residents in the border town, where the late President insisted that he addresses residents in his beloved Swahili.

He explained that Dr. Magufuli’s emphasis was on developing the two countries whether in rural or urban areas to uplift the lives of the people

And in his message of condolences to Tanzania’s Vice-President Samia Hassan Suluhu, President Lungu reiterated the long-lasting friendship shared between the two countries

“As we join you in mourning the dearly departed President, the Zambian Government will continue to cherish the friendship we shared which served to further enhance the relations between Zambia and Tanzania. Please accept, Your Excellency, our deepest sympathies on this great loss. May his Soul Rest in Eternal Peace,” Dr. Lungu stated in a message of condolences.

And President Lungu has conveyed his heartfelt condolences to his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa on the death of King Goodwill Zwelithini of the Zulu nation, who died on March 12, 2021.

The President paid a glowing tribute to the late King Zwelithini, being the eighth and longest serving Zulu monarch for his dedication and commitment to rural community development.

President Lungu said that King Zwelithini will be, particularly, remembered for creating initiatives in the fight against HIV/AIDS in South Africa, as was illustrated by the work of the Bayede Foundation Trust that the King founded in 2006.

“On behalf of the Government, the people of Zambia and indeed, on my own behalf, I wish to convey my heartfelt condolences to you and the people of South Africa on the death of King Goodwill Zwelithini, the monarch of the Zulu nation under traditional leadership,” President Lungu stated.

The President noted that the King was an ardent campaigner for the well-being of his subjects through various programmes, including the fight against poverty, the promotion of education and decent health care systems.

He assured Zambia’s support to President Ramaphosa, the bereaved royal family and the people of South Africa during this trying period.

This is according to a statement issued by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations, Isaac Chipampe.