Tanzania’s Constitutional And Legal Affairs Minister Augustine Mahiga Dies After Short Illness

Augustine Mahiga
The late Dr. Augustine Mahiga

Tanzanians are in mourning after Constitutional and Affairs minister, Dr. Augustine Mahiga died after a short illness. Tanzania’s Director of communications announced the passing away of Mahiga on Friday morning, 1 May 2020.

The statement said that the minister died suddenly at his home in Dodoma; “By the time he was taken to the hospital he had passed away”. The statement read. President John Pombe Magufuli also confirmed that the 74-year-old died while on his way to the hospital.

Magufuli has sent condolences to the grieving family of the late Mahiga and the parliament describing him as a humble man.


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“Despite all the government positions he held, he remained a humble person in his life,” President Magufuli said in his statement.

The late Mahiga served as Tanzania’s 14th Minister for Foreign Affairs between 2015-2019. He also served as the Permanent Representative of Tanzania to the United Nations from the year 2003 to 2010and as a United Nations representative and Head of the UN Political Office for Somalia from 2010 to 2013


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