Benjamin Mkapa, the third president of Tanzania has died in Dar es Salaam today.
President John Pombe Magufuli has confirmed the death via a live televised broadcast, saying the former president died while receiving treatment earlier today.
Mkapa, who served as president of Tanzania between 1995-2005, will be remembered for championing several regional peace mediation efforts during his tenure and also after retirement.
He will also be remembered for his contribution to the integration of East Africa.
As Foreign Minister between 1977 and 80, Benjamin Mkapa also played a key role in encouraging UN sanctions against apartheid South Africa, as a punishment for its occupation of Namibia.
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.
Kenyans will particularly remember Mkapa for his role in helping negotiate a peace agreement between Kibaki and Raila following the 2007 disputed elections #RIPMzeeMkapa TAGS