The government of Tanzania organised a state funeral in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam for the nation’s third President Benjamin Mkapa on July 28.
President Benjamin Mkapa, died on July 24 and will be buried on July 29 in his native village of Lupaso in Masasi district in Mtwara region.
At the state funeral of ex-President Mkapa, thousands of Tanzanians gathered to pay their final tribute to the leader.
Born on November 12, 1938, Benjamin Mkapa served two five-year terms from 1995 to 2005.
In a national address for the funeral, Tanzanian President John Magufuli said Mkapa’s death was a loss for Tanzania, Africa and the world at large.
President John Magufuli said, “Mkapa was a global citizen. He was a dynamic leader, a seasoned diplomat, a mediator and a peacemaker.” He iterated the contributions made by Mkapa in the peace talks and reconciliation for countries in the Great Lakes region.
President John Magufuli also added that during his administration, Mkapa also oversaw the country’s economic reforms, good governance and growth of the private sector.