THE outgoing East African Community (EAC) Secretary General Ambassador Libérat Mfumukeko has eulogised the fallen President of Tanzania, Dr John Magufuli as a talented and brainy son of East Africa who always desired nothing but the best for his country and Africa.
In his message of condolence released late yesterday, the diplomat described the fallen leader as a brainy leader with an incomparable capacity for hard work.
“It is with utter shock and regret that we at the East African Community have received the sad news of the untimely demise of Dr Magufuli…we at the EAC grieve for the loss of this iconic leader and statesman who did much for Tanzania and the Community for the slightly over five years that he has been in office,” commiserated the outgoing SG.
Mr Mfumukeko further highlighted that Dr Magufuli abhorred tribalism, corruption, greed and laziness, vices that have been the bane of many African countries.
He noted that Dr Magufuli consequently revolutionised operations at the Dar es Salaam port, one of the two major gateways to East Africa by rooting out corruption thereby making the port highly efficient. “This was the case with many other state corporations and entities,” he explained.
According to the diplomat, President Magufuli leaves behind an outstanding legacy chiefly being the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway linking the Dar es Salaam Port to Morogoro-Dodoma-Isaka-Mwanza; Isaka-Rusumo-Kigali (Rwanda), and; Tabora-Uvinza-Musongati-Gitega (Burundi).
“The SGR is a plank of the Central Transport Corridor in the EAC,” said Mr Mfumukeko. The EAC Secretary General paid glowing tribute to the fallen leader for increasing national revenue collection by sealing loopholes that occasioned tax losses thus earning the government more funds for the delivery of public services.
He said the departed Head of State redefined the role of the public service in ways unimaginable on the continent by inculcating in civil servants the idea that the ordinary wananchi are their actual employers and therefore deserve efficient service delivery.
“He always demanded that civil servants of whatever rank view themselves as servants of the wananchi as opposed to masters,” said the diplomat. In his own submission, the outgoing Secretary General said the Community had lost a mentor and leader who offered wise counsel whenever called upon to do so.
“To all those who loved and respected President Magufuli, we owe him one meaningful tribute – that is to do all that we can to bring his ideals to reality and serve his country and the EAC as he served us. I therefore direct that all flags at EAC Organs and Institutions be flown at half-mast until the departed President is laid to rest”.
Mr Mfumukeko urged Tanzanians to observe patience and peace throughout the nation as the nation comes to terms with such a huge loss.