President Yoweri Museveni has ordered flags in Uganda to fly half mast for three days to mourn the departed former President of Tanzania Benjamin Mkapa.
The President of Uganda mourned the former President describing their journey from 19367 when they were both university students.
“It is with a lot of sadness that I heard of the death of our brother, H.E Benjamin Mkapa. I started working with H.E Mkapa in 1967 when we were university students and he was the chief editor of the Nationalist newspaper.” Said Museveni
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He continues by explaining how their relationship continued until when he became the thrid President of Tanzania.
“When he became President of Tanzania, we worked together to consolidate the East African Community. It is a great loss for Africa. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
I convey my condolences and those of the People of Uganda to Anne, the children and the people of Tanzania. The flags in Uganda will fly at half mast for three days, starting tomorrow, Saturday, July 25th, at 0600hrs.”
Benjamin Mkapa passed away on Friday in a proclamation confirmed by President John Magufuli.
He served as the President of Tanzania between the year 1995 and 2005 before joining other diplomatic jobs around Africa.
In Kenya he will be remembered for brokering the Peace deal between then President Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga following the 2007 elections.