Maalim Seif Hamad

  • Africa & World

    Zanzibar leader dies of COVID-19, Magufuli still in denial

    ONE of the cruelest twists of Tanzanian President John Magufuli’s criminal denial of the COVID-19 pandemic was the death of Maalim Seif Hamad, the dominant figure in Zanzibari politics for four decades. The country is plagued by secrecy, paranoia and rumours, including unconfirmed reports that Magufuli himself has been hospitalised and is on a ventilator. Hamad, who was the driving…

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