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President’s Absence Prompts Questions by Tanzania Opposition

  • Magufuli hasn’t been seen in public for past two weeks
  • Human rights group says president went to Kenya for treatment
John Magufuli
John Magufuli

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Tanzanian opposition leader Tundu Lissu questioned President John Magufuli’s whereabouts, as speculation swirled on social media that he’s fallen ill and been hospitalized.

Magufuli, 61, was last seen in public on Feb. 24 during a tour of the commercial hub, Dar es Salaam, where he inspected projects and addressed public gatherings. The president was scheduled to attend a virtual heads-of-state summit for the East African Community regional bloc on Feb. 27, but was represented by Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan.