Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga has disclosed that he tried to call and text the late Tanzanian president John Pombe Magufuli when rumours about his death started doing rounds on social media but did not get any response.
Raila said that when Magufuli’s was confirmed, he was in self-isolation after testing positive for Covid-19 adding that he felt the “full weight of double tragedy and emotions” occasioned by the stateman’s death.
“It was the worst time to lose a friend and a comrade. It was a bond forged over the war on corruption and quality infrastructure. When rumours started going around about the health and whereabouts of my friend president John Pombe Magufuli, I placed several calls to him. Later, I sent him a text message. Both went unanswered. I then resigned to expect the worst while hoping I was wrong,” Raila said.