African Development Bank Group Head Pays Tribute to Late President John Magufuli

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The President of the African Development Bank Group (, Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, ended his three-day official visit to Tanzania with a moving tribute to the late President John Magufuli, who died in office last March.

Adesina traveled to the northwestern town of Chato on Thursday to pay his respects to the late president, whom he described as “a dear friend, brother and partner”.

The head of the Bank was received in Chato by members of the late president’s family, led by his brother Goldian Joseph Magufuli.

Laying a wreath at the grave of the late President, Adesina recalled how they shared a common love and passion for the accelerated development of Africa.

Adesina wrote in the condolence book: “I miss our engaging discussions on Africa. I miss our discussions on your vision for Tanzania. In a very short time, you have transformed Tanzania. You were bold. You were determined. I thank God for your life. I thank God for your outstanding service to Tanzania; for all you have done to improve the lives of your people, whom you love very much.

After his visit to Chato, the head of the African Development Bank met the late president’s widow, Janet Magufuli. He assured her that the African Development Bank would continue to support the late President’s plans to realize his desires for a prosperous Tanzania, especially in the development of modern infrastructure.

Magufuli, who was elected the country’s fifth president in 2015, has launched mega infrastructure projects, such as the multinational Standard Gauge Railway. This project will facilitate the transfer of goods between the port of Dar es Salaam and the city of Kigali in Rwanda, then to the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, and Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Tanzanian government is currently developing its part of the railway, starting from the Dar es Salaam – Isaka – Mwanza section.

It has also widened major highways, linking cities in Tanzania and linking them to neighboring countries to boost trade, reduce poverty and improve livelihoods.

Adesina earlier joined President Samia Suhulu Hassan at a ceremony to launch the construction of a 112.3 kilometer ring road in the capital Dodoma. There, he recalled how the late president expressed his interest in having the road built to decongest the city. “I told him that the African Development Bank would strongly support Tanzania. I told him he should consider it done,” Adesina said.
Distributed by APO Group for the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group.

Joyce Mulama
Communication and External Relations Department
African development bank
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Sara H. Byrd