DAR ES SALAAM — Former Tanzanja’s President Benjamin William Mkapa has died, aged 81, President John Magufuli has announced on Friday morning.
President Magufuli on state run television said Mr Mkapa died at a Dar e Salaam Hospital where he was admitted.
“Mzee Benjamin William Mkapa the third President of Tanzania has died at a Dar es Salaam hospital where he was admitted” announced President Magufuli.
“I call on all Tanzanians to receive the news of his death and to pray for Mzee Mkapa, more information will be released but Mzee Mkapa is no more” said Dr Magufuli in brief television statement.
Mkapa was the third president to lead Tanzania from 1995 to 2005 before handing over to Jakaya Kikwete.
He was born on November 12, 1938.