A Sad Day

A dark cloud has descended upon our country. Our beloved president, Dr. John Pombe Magufuli, has passed away. The news was relayed to the nation last night by the Vice President, Mama Samia Suluhu.

Dr. Magufuli was the most lovable president ever. Fearless and enterprising he had a passion for the land and for his people which he worked at with every ounce of his strength.

He hated corruption with his last breath.

It was a great blessing to live under this man. For five straight years we, the citizens of Tanzania, enjoyed true and just leadership. Not to mention the great entertainment that the president constantly afforded us in his speeches.

The world media will probably go for the overkill on account of President Magufuli’s stand in the fight against COVID 19. But for more than a year he shielded us against the horrors of lockdown. We know what has been going on in our neighboring countries in the name of fighting the Corona, and it is not good at all. Our President deliberately steered the country away from this mess.

Most people wouldn’t accept it, of course, but death is a fact of life. Sooner or later we are all going to die, COVID or no COVID. And, “except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain” (Ps. 127:1)

I cannot end this post without mentioning what I believe to be President Magufuli’s most enduring legacy, particularly from a faith standpoint. It is that he directed his people to stand firm in their faith in God. Even more potent is the fact that he lived out that confession to the end.

A dark cloud has most certainly settled over our land. But it will pass, as all clouds do.

God bless Tanzania.

2 thoughts on “A Sad Day

  1. It is my prayer that the new President will continue to call the nation to prayer, and work for the people of Tanzania with the same energy as President Magufuli did.

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