President Lazarus Chakwera has conveyed his condolences to the people of Tanzania following the death of President John Pombe Magufuli.
Magufuli has died at the age of 61 due to complications related to a heart condition.
Chakwera has described the death as an “incalculable loss” to the continent of Africa.
In his condolence message posted on his official Facebook page, Chakwera said "Magufuli was a towering symbol of Africa’s economic resurgence."
Chakwera further said he is praying for peace and unity as Tanzania mourns its President.
Meanwhile, a social commentator has said African leaders should emulate Magufuli’s leadership style.
"Magufuli was a leader who would make infamous decisions for the benefit of the nation," said Masikini.
Masikini said his death is a big loss to the continent as his leadership style inspired many people.
Magufuli was a controversial figure who drew praise for tackling corruption but he became increasingly authoritarian, arresting political opponents, banning rallies and restricting the media.
He had also been skeptical about Corona Virus pandemic, encouraging people to pray for protection.
There had been speculation he may have contracted Covid-19 himself.
According to the constitution, Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan will be sworn in as the new President and should serve the remainder of Mr. Magufuli’s five year term which he began last year.