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REVEALED :The day Tanzania’s President John Magufuli was poisoned in well-guarded secret

The late Tanzanian President Pombe John Magufuli in 2019 once narrated how he escaped death after he was poisoned in Dodoma in a well guarded secret.

Speaking during the launch of ex- President Benjamin Mkapa’s memoir ‘My Life, My Purpose- A Tanzanian President Remembers,’ Magufuli revealed that the plan was arranged by jealous ministers.

“I remember working with president Mkapa, he once termed me as his first aide due to the good work I was doing in the Ministry of Infrastructure Development. I can never forget the incident because, despite Mkapa’s positive sentiments, it landed me in trouble,” Magufuli told the audience at the at the Julius Nyerere International Conference Center.

He disclosed that soon after Mkapa’s comments, some powerful government officials changed their attitudes towards him.

“I started seeing signs that some high- ranking government ministers started hating me. Soon after I was poisoned in Dodoma and almost lost my life. But due to God’s grace, I escape death.”

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A frightened Magufuli, who was then serving as Mkapa’s Minister for Roads and Public Works, threatened to resign after the incident but was discouraged by the President.

“After the incident, I approached Mkapa and told him of my intention to resign. He looked at me as a father would and felt sorry for me. He gave me courage, saying to me ‘John, do your job and put God first’. Afterwards, I was given security and I continued working.”

Magufuli succumbed to heart complications in March 17, 2021 while undergoing treatment in Dar es Salaam and will be buried tomorrow.

-Courtesy

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