Uganda Mourns Ex-Tanzanian President, Mkapa, Flies Flags At Half-Mast

Benjamin Mkapa

Former Tanzanian President, Benjamin Mkapa | Photo by BORIS HERGER / AFP

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has ordered flags to fly at half-mast for three days starting on Saturday to mourn ex-Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa.

“When he became President of Tanzania, we worked together to consolidate the East African Community (EAC).

“It is a great loss for Africa,’’ Museveni tweeted.

The EAC is a regional grouping of six countries, namely Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya and South Sudan.

Museveni extended condolences to the widow of the deceased leader, Anne Mkapa, and the people of Tanzania.

Born on Nov. 12, 1938, Mkapa was Tanzania’s third president and served two five-year terms from 1995 to 2005, when he was succeeded by President Jakaya Kikwete.

Kikwete was succeeded by current President John Magufuli, who announced Mkapa’s death on Friday. (Xinhua/NAN)

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