The family of former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa has protested reports in the media that he died from complications arising from covid-19

They said on Sunday that the former president was suffering from malaria and died of a heart attack.

“Mkapa was found with malaria and he was admitted for treatment since Wednesday,” family member William Erio revealed during a funeral mass broadcast on state television TBC1 on Sunday.

Mkapa, who ruled the East African country for two terms from 1995 to 2005, died early on Friday aged 81 in a Dar es Salaam hospital but the government did not reveal the cause of the death.

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