Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has paid special tribute to all Tanzanians for participating fully in mourning, paying last respects and finally the burial of the departed President John Magufuli. The Premier thanked Tanzanians at a press conference held here on Wednesday, immediately after jetting at Dodoma Airport from Zanzibar, where he participated at a memorial service to commemorate the death of former Zanzibar President, Abeid Amani Karume.
He was speaking on the last day of National Mourning for the late Tanzania's icon Leader, who passed away on March 17, 2021 at Mzena hospital in Dar es Salaam after battling heart complications.
The late Dr. Magufuli was laid to rest at his native Chato village on March 26th 2021. President Samia Suluhu Hassan announced 21 days of mourning, directing that all flags should be flown at half-mast to honour the late Dr. Magufuli.
Therefore, between March 18 and April 7, the Nation mourned the fallen no-nonsense leader, and beginning today all flags will be uplifted to full-mast, according to the PM.
On Wenesday Mr. Majaliwa asked Tanzanians to put the grief behind them and concentrate on work, as he reminded all public servants to dedicate their service to people.
"We are now focusing on all the targets outlined in the ruling party 2020- 2025 CCM manifesto, which focuses on the implementation of various projects for the wellbeing of our people," he insisted.
"All projects that we want implemented shall be executed and completed on time," said Premier Majaliwa. Regarding Dr. Magufuli's death, Mr. Majaliwa thanked all residents in Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, Zanzibar, Mwanza and Chato, who turned up in bigger numbers to bid Farewell to their former Leader.
He further cherished both the leadership of President Samia and Zanzibar President, Dr. Hussein Mwinyi, for their wisdom in leading Tanzanians during the difficult period of Dr. Magufuli's sudden death.
"I equally thank the National Funeral Committee under my leadership which made sure that everything was okay from paying last respects until the burial of our loved man," he noted.
The Premier also thanked all leaders of the Defence and Security Forces for maintaining peace during the whole period of 21 days of mourning the late Dr. Magufuli as well as members of the media fraternity for informing the public on what was going on during that period.
The late fifth President, Dr. Magufuli is credited for many things including fighting corruption, greed and laziness, vices that have been the bane of many African countries.
Dr. Magufuli has left behind an outstanding legacy, chiefly being the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway linking the Dar es Salaam Port to Morogoro-Dodoma-Isaka-Mwanza; Isaka-Rusumo-Kigali (Rwanda), and; Tabora-Uvinza-MusongatiGitega (Burundi).