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Top Newspaper Headlines for March 19: Tributes pour across the continents for John Magufuli

The country’s top newspapers covered about the death of Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli who passed away on Wednesday, March 17 while undergoing treatment in Dar Es Salaam.

The dailies also focused on the ongoing Investigations into the murder of National Lands Commission (NLC) communication officer Jenniffer Wambua who also is a state witness in the KSh 122 million graft case.

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The Standard

The daily reported how the National Lands Commission (NLC) communication officer Jenniffer Wambua tried to defend herself from the attackers but bore no fruits.

She had injuries on her hands and legs and a postmortem report indicated that she was strangled.

“She suffered injuries on her body when she tried to defend herself,” Makueni Member of Parliament Dan Maanzo, said the family lawyer

DCI detectives  after watching a CCTV footage noted that she got out of the NLC offices safely but was abducted at the parking area and taken at an unknown area, killed and her body dumped in Ngong forest.

Daily Nation

The country’s top newspaper wrote about President John Pombe Magufuli’s last moments.

The Tanzanian President was brought to Kenya secretly on March 8 and admitted at the Nairobi Hospital after suffering a heart and respiratory complications.

The 61-year-old was put on a life support and medics at the hospital performed intubation to help him breathe.

The head of state was flown back to Tanzania and admitted at Mzena Hospital but, unfortunately he passed away upon arrival on Thursday, March 11 but his demise was announced on Wednesday, March 17 by Vice President Samia Suluhu.

Taifa Leo

According to this publication, the late Tanzanian President John Magufuli prophesied his own death.

Magufuli gave out his strong sentiments while at the burial of Chief Secretary John Kiajazi on February 19.

He said that everyone would die one time because death is inevitable. He further asked citizens to continue being strong in faith and trust God.

We will all die, you can die from malaria, cancer or any other disease…because death is something we cannot avoid. But let us not relent on our trust in God, that’s my plea, let’s stand with God,” Magufuli urged.

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People Daily

Kenyan opposition chief Raila Odinga was returned at The Nairobi Hospital on Thursday, March 18 for a medical check up.

Raila had tested positive for Covid-19 days ago. His brother Oburu Oginga assured Kenyans he is doing well and revealed he had checked in the facility for assessment.

The Orange Democratic Party Leader Raila Odinga is currently on self-isolation and care at his home after being discharged from the Hospital four days ago.

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