President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed that Kenya will observe a seven-day period of national mourning in honour of the late Tanzania President John Magufuli.

Addressing the nation from State House on Thursday, Uhuru said the flags of the East African Community and Kenya’s national flag be flown at half-mast throughout Kenya and all diplomatic missions abroad from today until the sunset on the day of Magufuli’s funeral.

“Magufuli was a champion of Pan-Africanism. I have lost a friend and an ally. Africa and the world has lost a leader who steered the EAC and the continent,”

he said.

“On behalf of the government and people of Kenya I convey our sincere condolences to the First Lady of Tanzania, Janet Magufuli.”

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The late Magufuli was well known by the locals and across the borders for his hard stance when it comes to developments and service to the people.

Until his demise on Wednesday night, Magufuli was serving his second term in office as the fifth President of Tanzania.

He died at the age of 61 after a long battle with heart disease, according to Tanzanian Vice President Samia Suluhu.

Magufuli kicked off his political ambition in 1995 when he won the Parliamentary seat for Chato, a seat which he defended in 2000 and 2005.

He served as Deputy Minister of Works from 1995 to 2000, before being served as Minister of Works from 2000 to 2006.