ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga has mourned the sudden demise of the third retired Tanzanian President Benjamin William Mkapa. Raila said Mkapa was a great friend of the Kenyan people, a pan-Africanist, a true believer in South-South Cooperation and a global statesman.
Raila said he remembers Mkapa alongside Dr Koffi Annan and Graca Machel that helped Kenya return to peace after the 2007-2008 general election violence. They were on the front line leading mediation between him and Former President Mwai Kibaki.
“I mourn former President Benjamin Mkapa, a great friend of the Kenyan people, a pan-Africanist, a true believer in South-South Cooperation and a global statesman. In Kenya we retain fond memories of his mediation efforts alongside Dr Koffi Annan and Graca Machel that helped the country return to peace after the 2007-2008 election violence,” He posted on Facebook.
He added, “Mkapa believed in Regional Integration and championed the revival of the East Africa Community and championed. In his death, Africa has lost a giant. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, President John Pombe Magufuli and the great people of the United Republic of Tanzania,”
President John Magufuli announced on the early Friday 24th June 2020 on the Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC). Pombe said they have been hardly hit as a nation.
“I call on all Tanzanians to receive the news of his death and to pray for Mzee Mkapa. More information will be released but Mzee Mkapa is no more,” he said in brief television statement.
Mkapa died aged 81 at Dar es Salaam Hospital where he was admitted.