BIOGRAPHY- Born John Pombe Magufuli on 29 October 1959, was the fifth serving president of the Republic of Tanzania since independence and he succumbed to a heart failure on the 17th of March 2021 according to the vice president Samia Suluhu. Here is his full biography, Pombe Magufuli net worth, family, political journey.
Pombe Magufuli has served as Minister of Works and communication from 2000 to 2005 under the government of CCM party, and has been chairman of Southern African Development from 2019 to 2020.
Education and Early Life
John Pombe Magufuli started his education at The Chato Primary School from 1967 to 1974 he went on to The Katoke Seminary in Biharamulo for his secondary education from the year of 1975 to 1977 before relocating to Lake Secondary School in 1977 and graduating in 1978.
John Magufuli later joined Mkwawa High School for his Advanced level studies in 1979 and graduated in 1981, however, that same year he joined Mkwawa College of Education a constituent college of the University of Dar el salaam for a Diploma in Education Science, majoring in Chemistry, Mathematics and Education.
The now late Magufuli got his bachelors of Science in Education degree majoring in Chemistry and Mathematics as teaching subjects from the University of Dar es Salaam in 1988. This added on Pombe Magufuli net worth too.
Magafuli went further and got his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Chemistry from the University of Dar es Salaam, in 1994 and 2009, respectively.
However, in the late 2019, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Dodoma for improving the economy of the country.
Politics and Career
The deceased Magufuli took on in politics actively and joined elective politics after shortly being enrolled as a teacher at Sengerema Secondary School between 1982 and 1983.
He taught chemistry and mathematics as his special subjects. However, her Later on, he quit his teaching job and was employed by The Nyanza Cooperative Union Limited as an industrial chemist.
Magufuli worked here from 1989 to 1995, until when he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) representing Chato district.
He was later appointed Deputy Minister for Works in his first term as MP. Magufuli retained his seat in the 2000 election and was promoted to a full ministerial position under the same docket.
However, after President Mrisho Jakaya Kikwete was requested to take office, he moved John Pombe Magufuli to the post of Minister of Lands and Human Settlement on 4 January 2006. Subsequently, he served as Minister of Livestock and Fisheries from 2008 to 2010 and again as Minister of Works from 2010 to 2015.
On 12 July 2015 Magufuli was nominated as CCM’s presidential candidate for the 2015 elections, after winning a majority vote in the final round of the primary over two opponents.
Despite Magufuli facing stiff competition from his opponents and previous CCM political party member Edward Lowassa in the election, held on 25 October 2015, Magufuli was declared the winner by the National Electoral Commission (NEC) on 29 October; he received 58% of the vote and sworn in on 5th the same year.
As well in 2020 elections, he received the highest votes and was therefore re-elected to extend his presidency until 2025 for a second term despite reports revealing that the elections were marred with several irregularities and malpractices.
Despite Magufuli’s government being described as the most successful in fighting corruption and establishing institutions with full functioning, it has however on contrary been headlined for violating human rights.
Magufuli’s government was accused of repressing opposition to his leadership, including laws restricting opposition rallies, the suspension of the Swahili-language Mawio newspaper in 2016 for publishing “false and inflammatory” reporting.
This was regarding the nullification of election results in Zanzibar, threatening to shut down radio and television stations that do not pay license fees, and a 2018 bill requiring blogs and other forms of online content providers to hold government licenses with content restrictions.
John Pombe Magufuli Death
Magufuli who had not been seen in public since 27 February and rumors that circulated online that he was sick and possibly incapacitated from illness. A Kenyan newspaper reported on 10 March 2021 that “an African leader” was being treated for COVID-19 at a hospital in Nairobi, leading to speculation that it could be President Magufuli.
Opposition politician Tundu Lissu, citing unnamed sources but without providing evidence, said that he had heard that it was Magufuli who had contracted COVID-19 and was hospitalized.
On the night of 17 March 2021, Vice-President Samia Suluhu announced Magufuli had passed away in hospital Mzena in Dar es Salaam, where he was receiving treatment.
She did not specify Magufuli’s underlying illness but said that he had suffered from chronic atrial fibrillation for more than a decade. She announced 14 days of national mourning and said that flags would fly at half-staff nationwide.
However, current reports reveal that the deceased didn’t contract COVID-19 but rather suffered from a cardiac related illness something he has suffered from for the last 10 years.
Pombe Magufuli Net Worth
Pombe Magufuli’s net worth is estimated to be between $100 to $200m since he has been in the CCM government for long and had a lot of investments.