President Magufuli's Burial Set For March 25

Tanzanian authorities led by the Vice President Ms. Suluhu stated that Magufuli lost his battle to a heart condition he had fought with for almost a decade.

President Magufuli's Burial Set For March 25
Fallen President Magufuli. [Photo/ Courtesy]

Tanzania's fallen head of state President John Pombe Magufuli will be laid to rest on March 25, according to the new President Ms. Samia Suluhu.

The send-off will be held at Magufuli's home in Chato, Northwest Tanzania. Speaking during her swearing-in today, President Samia Suluhu announced a mourning period of three weeks, during which flags will be flown half-mast nationwide.

As per the burial arrangements, the corpse will depart the funeral home on March 20, to St. Peter's Catholic Church in Dar es Salaam for a service.

Afterward, it will be moved to Uhuru grounds, where the public will be allowed to view Magufuli's remains until March 21. On March 22, it will be taken to Dodoma for public viewing, and then to Mwanza on March 23.

Still, on March 23 the body will be taken to Chato, where Magufuli's constituency members will have a chance of seeing him. On March 24, family, close friends, and international guests will view the remains at his home. 

After the chain of activities, the fallen Commander-in-Chief will then be accorded his final burial rites on March 25, marching his tenure as the Tanzanian president who served for five and half years. 

Magufuli succumbed to heart problems on March 17.