Former Tanzanian president Mkapa buried in native village

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Photo taken on July 29, 2020 shows the burial ceremony of former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa in Lupaso village, Masasi district of Mtwara, Tanzania. Former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa was buried on Wednesday in his native village of Lupaso in Masasi district in the country's southern region of Mtwara. Mkapa died on July 24, 2020 at the age of 81 in a hospital in Dar es Salaam. (Tanzanian State House/Handout via Xinhua)
Tanzanian President John Magufuli (2nd L) attends the burial ceremony of former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa in Lupaso village, Masasi district of Mtwara, Tanzania, July 29, 2020. (Tanzanian State House/Handout via Xinhua)

Former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa was buried on Wednesday in his native village of Lupaso in Masasi district in the country’s southern region of Mtwara.

Mkapa died on Friday at the age of 81 in the country’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

The burial of Mkapa was marked by the national anthem and a 21-gun salute by the Tanzania People’s Defense Forces.

The burial was attended by President John Magufuli, Vice-President Samia Suluhu, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa and former presidents Ali Hassan Mwinyi and Jakaya Kikwete.

Photo taken on July 29, 2020 shows the burial ceremony of former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa in Lupaso village, Masasi district of Mtwara, Tanzania. (Tanzanian State House/Handout via Xinhua)

The event was also witnessed by Mkapa’s family members, senior government officials, foreign dignitaries and Tanzanians from all walks of life.

On Tuesday, thousands of Tanzanians paid their last respect to their former leader at a state funeral in Dar es Salaam.

In a national address for the funeral, President Magufuli said Mkapa’s death was a loss for Tanzania, Africa and the world at large.

“Mkapa was a global citizen. He was a dynamic leader, a seasoned diplomat, a mediator and a peacemaker,” said Magufuli.

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