Leaders Mourn, Celebrate Life of Former President Mkapa

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Leaders continue to send messages of condolence to the people of the United Republic of Tanzania following the death of former President Benjamin William Mkapa, who died early Friday at a hospital in Dar es Salaam.

In his message of comfort, President Uhuru Kenyatta mourned the departed Tanzanian leader as an outstanding East African who worked tirelessly for the integration, peace and progress of the region.

President Kenyatta wished the family of the Former President and all Tanzanians God’s comfort and fortitude as they mourn their departed leader.

Former President Mwai Kibaki in a statement said the late president served Tanzania with remarkable dedication as a public servant scaling the ranks of government over the years to become a cabinet minister in various dockets prior to ascending to the Presidency.

“Mkapa’s is a perfect portrait of public-spiritedness replete with invaluable lessons for those who serve or wish to serve in the public space. A revolutionary at heart whose efforts to deregulate Tanzania’s economy marked the beginning of a new dawn in his country, the late Mkapa—a close ally of Tanzania’s founding President Mwalimu Julius Nyerere—distinguished himself as one of the most reputable peace brokers in the region.

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In his retirement, Benjamin Mkapa, at some point or other, mediated peace talks in South Sudan, the DRCCongo, Zimbabwe, Burundi and Kenya. He, no doubt, valued and worked towards a more tranquil Africa.

Mkapa certainly played his role in making Africa a better place. May he rest in eternal peace.” He said

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga on his official twitter handle said Kenyans will retain fond memories of former President Mkapa during the mediation efforts following the 2007-2008 post-election violence alongside Dr Koffi Annan and Graca Machel that helped the country return to peace.

Raila said he mourns former President Benjamin Mkapa, describing him as a great friend of the Kenyan people, a pan-Africanist, a true believer in South-South Cooperation and a global statesman, a believer in Regional Integration who championed the revival of the East Africa Community.

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) Moussa Faki Mahamat, on his twitter handle expressed sadness on the passing away of former President Mkapa.

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Faki described Mkapa as a statesman who will be remembered as an indefatigable peacemaker in the East African region.

The Chairperson said his thoughts and prayers are with the family of the late former president and the people of Tanzania.

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