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Former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa dies – KBC

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Former Tanzanian president Benjamin William Mkapa
Mkapa ruled Tanzania from 1995 to 2005 when he handed over power to Jakaya Kikwete. Photo Courtesy

Retired Tanzania President Benjamin William Mkapa 81, has died.

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In a brief Statement, President John Pombe Magufuli announced the demise of the third President of Tanzania on Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation early Friday morning.

President Magufuli said the former President died at a Dar es Salaam hospital where he had been admitted.

He eulogized Mkapa as a statesman and hard working, who will be remembered for his contribution to the growth of the economy of Tanzania.

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He called on Tanzanians to pray for Mzee Mkapa’s family saying more information would be released in due course.

Retired President Benjamin Mkapa was pivotal in the mediation that ended Kenya’s blood letting during the post election violence of 2007.

Mkapa was born in November 1938 and has died at the age of 81.

He served as Tanzania’s third President between 1995-2005 before handing over to President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.

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