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Where’s Magufuli? Tanzanian leader’s absence fuels health concern

World48 minutes ago (Mar 10, 2021 09:30AM ET)

(C) Reuters. FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Tanzania’s re-elected President John Pombe Magufuli holds a spear and shield from the elders after he was sworn-in for the second term at the Jamhuri stadium in Dodoma

By David Lewis and Duncan Miriri

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Tanzania’s main opposition leader has demanded information on the health of President John Magufuli, a COVID-19 sceptic whose absence from public view in recent days brought speculation he was receiving medical treatment abroad.

There was no official statement on Magufuli’s health. His director of communications Gerson Msigwa and government spokesman Hassan Abbas did not respond to Reuters messages left seeking comment.

The Nation newspaper in neighbouring Kenya reported that an African leader who had not been seen in public for nearly two weeks was being treated for COVID-19 on a ventilator at Nairobi Hospital, a private hospital in the Kenyan capital.

It cited unidentified political and diplomatic sources for the report and did not identify the African leader. Reuters was not able to confirm the report independently. Kenya’s Foreign Ministry and Nairobi Hospital both said they had no information to disclose.

Magufuli, a 61-year-old leader nicknamed “The Bulldozer,” was last seen in public on Feb. 27 looking his normal self as he swore in a new chief secretary at State House in Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam. He has been out of public view for periods in the past.

“The president’s wellbeing is a matter of grave public concern. What’s it with Magufuli that we don’t deserve to know?”, opposition leader Tundu Lissu said in a tweet late on Tuesday as rumours flew on Tanzania’s social media.

“It’s a sad comment on his stewardship of our country that it’s come to this: that he himself had get COVID-19 and be flown out to Kenya in order to prove that prayers, steam inhalations and other unproven herbal concoctions he’s championed are no protection against coronavirus!” added Lissu, without providing evidence.

‘VACCINES ARE NOT GOOD’

Magufuli has downplayed the threat of COVID-19 in Tanzania and scoffed at global panic. He urged Tanzanians to put faith in prayer and homespun remedies such as steam inhalation rather than vaccines, which he said were dangerous and part of a Western conspiracy.

“Vaccines are not good. If they were, then the white man would have brought vaccines for HIV/AIDS,” he said earlier this year. Last year he dismissed coronavirus testing kits, which he said had returned positive results on a goat and pawpaw fruit.

Tanzania stopped reporting coronavirus data in May last year when it said it had 509 cases and 21 deaths, according to data held at the World Health Organization, which has called on the country to share its information.

Fuelling concern about a possible hidden epidemic, a top opposition politician on Tanzania’s autonomous Zanzibar archipelago, Seif Sharif Hamad, died last month of what his party said was COVID-19.

Even as COVID-19 spread around Africa, Tanzanians were still allowed to gather, for example to watch sport.

Magufuli was first elected in 2015 and beat Lissu to win re-election last year. He has faced accusations from Western countries and opposition parties of eroding democracy, which he denies.

Magufuli has a history of heart issues, according to a senior Tanzanian medic close to the government who asked not to be identified, and a private security official in Kenya with extensive official contacts in Tanzania.

Where’s Magufuli? Tanzanian leader’s absence fuels health concern

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