Tanzania’s President John Magufuli is being handled in hospital in Kenya and is in a crucial situation, opposition chief Tundu Lissu has informed the BBC, citing well-placed sources.
He has had coronavirus and a cardiac arrest, Mr Lissu stated he had been informed.
The BBC has not been in a position to verify these studies.
Mr Magufuli, who has not been seen in public for 11 days, has confronted criticism for his dealing with of Covid-19 – his authorities is refusing to purchase vaccines.
The East African nation has not printed its coronavirus instances since Could.
The 61-year-old president has known as for prayers and herbal-infused steam remedy to counter the virus.
Earlier this month, at a funeral for a prime presidential aide, Mr Magufuli stated Tanzania had defeated Covid-19 final yr and would win once more this yr.
The aide died hours after the vice-president of the nation’s semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar, who was being handled for Covid-19.
Mr Lissu stated he had been informed that President Magufuli was flown to Kenya for remedy at Nairobi Hospital on Monday night time.
There was no official response from the federal government, which has warned in opposition to publishing unverified details about the Tanzanian chief, who was final seen at an official occasion in Dar es Salaam on 27 February.
Nairobi Hospital additionally stated it couldn’t remark.
Mr Lissu informed the BBC that the federal government’s silence was fuelling rumours, was irresponsible, and the president’s well being shouldn’t be a personal matter.
It might not be a shock to Tanzanians that Mr Magufuli had contracted coronavirus as he had been reckless within the face of the virus, he stated.
“He has by no means worn a masks, he has been going to mass public gatherings with out taking any precautions that persons are taking all around the globe,” Mr Lissu informed the BBC’s Africa correspondent Leila Nathoo from exile in Belgium.
“That is somebody who has repeatedly and publicly trashed established medication, he is relied on prayers and natural concoctions of unproven worth.”
The 53 yr outdated alleged that Tanzania’s Finance Minister Philip Mpango was additionally being handled on the similar hospital in Kenya’s capital.
Mr Lissu, who got here second in presidential elections for the opposition Chadema occasion in October with 13% of the vote, stated he thought-about his rival’s fame to be in full tatters.
“He is constructed a fame as a patriot, that he does not journey exterior the nation, that he is a president for the poor – and he is refused to do something to ameliorate the state of affairs in Tanzania by telling individuals we’re effective.”
Final week, the Catholic Church in Tanzania urged individuals to take Covid-19 precautions extra critically, saying 60 nuns and 25 clergymen had died within the final two months after exhibiting signs of coronavirus.
Mr Lissu first went into exile in 2017 after surviving an assassination try. He returned to participate in final yr’s polls, the outcomes of which he says had been rigged.
He left the nation once more in November, saying he had acquired extra demise threats.
Daniel Elton, senior editor at Wahu Times, writes about politics and policy with a focus on climate advocacy. Daniel previously at the New Republic and, and Self. Daniel can be reached by email.