Benjamin Mkapa and Koffi Annan photos
2007/2008 peace talks. FILE

Tanzania's third President, Benjamin William Mkapa died today in Dar es Salaam.

President Magufuli has confirmed the death via a live televised broadcast.

"We can't forget the great role he played in uniting post-election 2007 during the post-election violence. Rest in power mzee, " ODM leader Raila Odinga said.

" Kenya and the whole East Africa Community will always remember you for your good and wonderful deeds, " he added.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence to President John Joseph Pombe Magufuli, the People of the United Republic of Tanzania and the family of Former President Benjamin Mkapa who passed away earlier today.

In his message of comfort, the President mourned the departed Tanzanian leader as an outstanding East African who worked tirelessly for the integration, peace and progress of the region.

President Kenyatta wished the family of the Former President and all Tanzanians God's comfort and fortitude as they mourn their departed leader.

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