By George Kalisa
Rwandan President Paul Kagame has today declared a three-day period of mourning in Rwanda following the death of former President of the United Republic of Tanzania, announced yesterday.
Kagame said the mourning period is an expression of solidarity with the Government and people of Tanzania.
“In solidarity with the Government and people of the United Republic of Tanzania during this time of grief following the demise of His Excellency Benjamin William Mkapa, the third President of the United Republic of Tanzania, His Excellence Paul Kagame, the President of Republic of Rwanda, has declared a three-day period of mourning,” reads the statement released by the Office of the Prime Minister on behalf the President.
“During which the national flag and the flag of the East African Community (EAC) will be lowered at half-mast,” added the statement.
The Office of the Prime Minister has said that this period will start on Monday, July27 and end Wednesday, July29.
Kagame said the loss of Mkapa will be felt throughout the African Continent and conveyed his condolences to his family, the people of Tanzania and President John Pombe Magufuli.
“The loss of our brother Mkapa is one that will be felt throughout the continent. He was a great Pan-Africanist whose contribution went well beyond Tanzania,” said President Kagame through a tweet as soon as the sad news reached his ears yesterday.
“We are saddened by the passing of former President Mkapa. My deepest condolences to his family, the people of Tanzania and my friend President,” added Kagame.