Tanzania President John Magufuli has suspended his attendance of the 71st United Nations General Assembly because of the earthquake disaster the foreign ministry said.
The spokesperson of the ministry of Foreign Affairs, East Africa, Regional and International cooperation Mindi Kasiga said Magufuli has suspended all foreign trips in order to deal with the disaster which has claimed about 19 lives, injuring hundreds
“The president will be represented at the General Assembly meeting. He has decided to stay home because of the Kagera earthquake disaster” she said
Local media reported that the death toll from Saturday’s earthquake stands at 19 not 17 as earlier reported, officials have revealed.
Two people who had reportedly died at the weekend had not been counted among the earlier casualties.
According to the Citizen newspaper, this is the second time in a week that president Magufuli has postponed foreign trips following the disaster. He canceled a trip to Neighboring Zambia where he was expected to attend the swearing in of President Edgar Lungu in Lusaka.
Since is election in October 2015, Magufuli has made only two foreign visits to neighboring Rwanda in April 2016 and the swearing in ceremony of Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni later in May.