Tanzania’s former President Benjamin William Mkapa is dead.
Mkapa served as Tanzania president for two terms between 1995 and 2005.
In a statement from the current Tanzania president John Pombe Magufuli, Mkapa dies in the wee hours of Friday.
He was the East African nation’s third president who led several regional peace mediation efforts while in power and after he left office.
Mkapa took his final bow while receiving treatment at a hospital in Dar es Salaam, according to Magufuli.
Details about his demise remain scanty.
“I will remember him for his great love for the nation, his devotion, hard work and performance in building the economy,” said Magufuli.
The president declared a seven-day mourning period, during which all flags in the country will be flown at half-mast.
I ask all Tanzanians to remain calm, patient and united during this difficult time,” read part of Magufuli statement.
Mkapa also served as an ambassador, minister and key official of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi- CCM party.
Mkapa died aged 81.