Mzee Benjamin William Mkapa the third President of Tanzania has died at a Dar es Salaam hospital where he was admitted.
He was born on November 12, 1938, Mkapa became the third president of Tanzania from 1995 to 2005 after succeeding Ali Hassan Mwinyi. He handed over to Jakaya Kikwete.
He also served as the chairman of Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), the dominant ruling party in Tanzania and the second longest-ruling party in Africa.
President John Magufuli has declared a seven-day mourning period. During this time, all flags in the country will be flown at half-mast.
By Eric Knight