Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan has declared five days of national mourning to mark the death of the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II which occurred on Thursday in Scotland.
In a statement by the Presidential Director of Communication Zuhura Yunus on Saturday, the Head of State said the period will commence on Saturday through Wednesday next week.
“Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania, Mhe. Samia Suluhu Hassan, ametangaza siku tano za maombolezo ya kitaifa kufuatia kifo cha Hayati Malkia wa Uingereza, Elizabeth II, kilichotokea tarehe 08 Septemba, 2022 nchini Uskochi,” read the statement.
“Maombolezo hayo yataanza tarehe 10 Septemba, 2022 hadi tarehe 14 Septemba, 2022.”
President Suluhu further directed that during the period, all the flags will be flown at half-mast in public institutions including in its embassies.
Citizens have also been urged to unite together to commemorate the Monarch.
“Katika kipindi chote cha maombolezo, bendera zote zitapepea nusu mlingoti nchini Tanzania zikiwemo kwenye balozi zetu pia,” stated Suluhu.
“Rais Samia amewaomba Watanzania wote kuungana na wenzetu wa Uingereza katika kipindi hiki kigumu cha kuondokewa na aliyekuwa kiongozi wao nchini humo.”
Tanzania joins a number of African countries and world leaders including Kenya who have marked the passing on of the Queen of England nationally.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday also declared a four-day mourning period that ends on Monday.