The body of late former Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli has been taken to Uhuru Stadium for public viewing after a brief funeral service held at St Peter’s Oysterbay Church.
The convoy carrying the body in a military truck under tight security by Tanzania Defence Forces left State House in Dar es Salaam at around 8am Saturday morning.
Tanzanians could be seen flocking the streets to catch a glimpse of the convoy carrying the Magufuli’s remains. Some could be heard wailing.
At Uhuru Stadium, thousands of Tanzanians were seen seated at the 23,000-seat capacity stadium to pay their last respects even as family consoled Magufuli’s widow, Janet, as grief overwhelmed her.
On March 22, the body of the late will be moved to Dodoma for public viewing before being moved to Mwanza on March 23.
On the same day, the body will be moved to his Chato town where his constituents will have a chance to view the body.
On March 24, family members and all international and invited guests will have a chance before the burial day on March 25.
According to Samia, Magufuli will be laid to rest after a church service at Chato Catholic Church.
Magufuli died on March 17 after a 10-year battle of heart complications.
Samia took over as the president after she was sworn-in a few minutes after 10am on Friday.