NAIROBI, Kenya: Tanzanias President John Magufuli is effectively, the countrys prime minister mentioned Friday, rejecting opposition claims that the COVID-denying president, who’s been out of public view for almost two weeks, is critically sick with the virus.
Kassim Majaliwa mentioned Magufuli is busy with workplace duties, and referred to as on the general public to disregard widespread studies that he’s unwell. He is okay and doing his duties, Majaliwa mentioned, with out disclosing the presidents whereabouts.
Magufuli had controversially claimed that Tanzania has defeated COVID-19 via prayer final 12 months and that there have been no extra instances.
The prime minister mentioned Magufuli, who has not been seen in public for 13 days, requested him to convey his greetings to residents within the countrys southern city of Njombe.
The president has lots to do, he mentioned, including that the president had delegated some duties to his aides.
Magufulis absence is uncommon as he’s identified for frequent public speeches and appearances on state tv a number of instances per week.
Opposition politicians additionally raised questions concerning the presidents well being after no less than one official near him died just lately.
Magufuli was final seen in public on Feb. 27 on the swearing-in ceremony of his chief of employees. The occasion was on the State House authorities workplaces in Dar es Salaam, the East African countrys largest metropolis.
Exiled opposition chief Tundu Lissu, who misplaced the October presidential election to Magufuli, claimed in a collection of Tweets since Wednesday that the president had been flown to India in essential situation after first being taken to neighboring Kenya for COVID-19 therapy.
Lissu lives in Belgium on account of fears for his life after a authorities crackdown on opposition politicians who have been calling for peaceable protests over alleged huge voting irregularities.
He had returned to Tanzania in July to marketing campaign within the election. Lissu began his self-imposed exile from exile following a failed assassination try in 2017 by which he was shot 16 instances.
On Thursday, Constitutional Affairs Minister Mwigulu Nchemba issued threats to these speculating on the president’s absence.
A head of state isn’t a head of a jogging membership who ought to at all times be round taking selfies, Nchemba posted on his social media accounts.
“Those who’re breaking the regulation, take into consideration what the penal code says on cybercrime. The authorities is monitoring, he mentioned.
Magufuli introduced final June that Tanzania had defeated COVID-19 via three days of prayer. The nation, considered one of Africas most populous with 60 million folks, in April stopped offering statistics concerning the numbers of individuals with confirmed instances of COVID-19 or deaths from the illness to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The authorities has fired some officers who questioned Magufulis assertion that no one was falling in poor health from COVID-19 in Tanzania. The authorities tried to encourage commerce and overseas tourism, searching for to keep away from the financial ache of neighbors who imposed lockdowns and curfews. It didn’t ban public gatherings or promote sporting masks, and Magufuli promoted natural cures for many who fell in poor health with what he referred to as respiration issues.
However, folks leaving Tanzania reported that hospital intensive care models have been stuffed with sufferers with extreme respiratory diseases. Others mentioned that burials have been being held at evening to cover the numbers of deaths. Migrants in different nations from Tanzania have been discovered to have COVID-19.
In February, Magufuli appeared to acknowledge the existence of the illness after no less than one high official in his administration died of it.
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