President Museveni has paid tribute to deceased former Tanzanian President, Benjamin Mkapa and declared three days of mourning in Uganda.
Mkapa, who passed on in a hospital in Dar es Salaam on Friday, was Tanzania’s President for two terms; 1995 – 2005.
“It is with a lot of sadness that I heard of the death of our brother, H.E Benjamin Mkapa,” wrote President Museveni.
“I started working with H.E Mkapa in 1967 when we were university students and he was the chief editor of the Nationalist newspaper.
“During the 1979 crisis, Ndugu Mkapa was delegated to handle the Moshi Conference that brought together the Ugandan exile groups including FRONASA. He was Foreign Affairs Minister that time.
“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,” wrote Museveni.
“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 (Saa kumi nambili).”
President John Magufuli, in a short televised address, said Mkapa’s death is a big loss for Tanzania.
“I’m saddened by the death of the third president of Tanzania and that is a big loss for us as a country. Let’s pray for him and more information will follow later.”
Several other leaders in East Africa have paid tribute to the fallen Tanzanian leader, commending his contribution to peace.