President Lazarus Chakwera has said former United Republic of Tanzania president John Pombe Magufuli will be remembered for ages to come, mainly due to his sound policies.
Chakwera was speaking in Dodoma, Tanzania, during Magufuli’s memorial service.
Chakwera said Magufuli’s leadership style would remain a reference point for African leaders who share his vision for the continent.
“To us who had the privilege of knowing the unpredictable Magufuli, the example of his life of service shall forever be a launching pad for our own. To us who have the honour of going through this world as Africans, Magufuli’s love of country shall forever be a light on that pilgrimage. To us who have been entrusted with governing the nations of our beautiful and rich continent, Magufuli’s leadership shall forever move us out of complacency,” Chakwera said.
Chakwera said Magufuli inspired the African continent to rise and achieve what was previously considered impossible.
“When they said laziness and sloth in public service cannot be cured, they did not see Magufuli coming. When they said the cartels of corruption strangling Africa’s governments cannot be defeated, they did not see Magufuli coming. When they said African states cannot become middle-income economies within a single presidential term, they did not see Magufuli coming,” he said.
Chakwera is among 10 African leaders who attended Magufuli’s memorial service in Tanzania.
Among others, Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the Democratic Republic of Congo President Félix Tshisekedi and Zambian President Edgar Lungu have also arrived in Dodoma.
Magufuiu, 61, died last Wednesday after battling with heart problems.