Tanzanian president John Magufuli broke down in tears at Mzee Majuto’s funeral event held at Karimjee Hall in Dar es Salaam on Thursday, August 9.
Mzee Majuto, whose real name is Amri Athumani, succumbed to diabetes on Wednesday, August 8.
Magufuli was a close friend of Mzee Majuto. The Head of State sponsored Majuto’s medical trip to India earlier 2018 after he was diagnosed with diabetes.
The president couldn’t hold back his tears as a final prayer service was held for Majuto at the Karimjee Hall.
In his earlier condolence note, Magufuli eulogized Mzee Majuto as a gifted man, who loved everyone.
“King Majuto helped highlight the journey that the Tanzanian entertainment industry has gone through. All that while, he showcased rich talent, ability and skill in the art of comedy and acting. He, consequently, won the hearts of many Tanzanians, including his fellow artists. We won’t forget his humorous character, love for people and patriotism,” said President Magufuli.
Other notable public figures, who were present at Majuto’s funeral service include: former Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete and musician Diamond Platnumz, among others.
Mzee Majuto’s body was transported to his home in Tanga, where he will be laid to rest on Friday, August 10.
Mzee Majuto succumbed to diabetes on Wednesday, August 8 while receiving treatment at the Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam, family members said.
Mzee Majuto had been ailing since January, 2018, and was in the past flown to India for medical attention.
Upon his return to Tanzania, Mzee Majuto would visit health centres regularly. He was, however, overwhelmed three weeks ago leading to his admission into Muhimbili Hospital.
On August 8 at 2pm, he was moved to the Intensive Care Unit, where his condition worsened until his death at 8pm.
“He developed breathing difficulties Wednesday afternoon, and was thus moved to the ICU, where he died between 8pm and 8:30pm,” said a member of Mzee Majuto’s family.