by Helvine Achieng
March 19, 2021
Barely six hours after Tanzania announced the demise of President John Pombe Magufuli, renowned Bongo singer and recording artiste Rayvanny has released a tribute song praising the fallen President.
The hit, Kifo, is an emotional song that has the singer praising the late President for his development record as well as his support for the youth throughout his leadership. The former Wasafi Classic Baby (WCB) signee looks overcome by grief as he recalls some of the moments he had with the President.
"You have left a mark, memories that will last forever. I don't think anyone will be able to fill up the void you have left. My heart grieves, we are in such pain. You have done great work. Fare thee well and rest…," Rayvanny eulogises.
“Poleni sana ndugu zetu Watanzania. Mungu awape nguvu wakati huu ngumu,” wrote one Dogo Charlie. "Magufuli was a selfless leader who loved Tanzania by all his love and blood. Kenyans are you with your brothers and sisters. We are mourning too," a comment by Pasha TV read.
The CCM leader died aged 61, according to Tanzania's vice president Suluhu Hassan who broke the news in an address on state television.
According to Tanzania's Constitution, VP Hassan, 61, is the President for the remaining five-year term that Magufuli began serving in 2020 after winning a second term. She would be the East African nation's first female President.