Departed Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli once painfully narrated how he survived death after being poisoned in Dodoma.
Magufuli made the shocking revelation in 2019 during former president Benjamin Mkapa’s book launch at the Julius Nyerere International Conference Center.
“Nilianza kuona dalili za baadhi ya mawaziri tena wengine wa ngazi za juu kuanza kunichukia na baada ya muda usiyokuwa mrefu baada yah apo nikanyweshwa sumu Dodoma ambayo alimanusura iondoe uhai wangu, lakini kwa neema za Mwenyezi Mungu, nikakwepa kifo,” narrated Magufuli.
The book ‘My Life My purpose’captured Mkapa’s history ‘Life and Times of Benjamin Mkapa’.
Magufuli was then Minister for Roads and Public works and in his nature to work hard without favour or corruption earned him enemies.
Magufuli stated that he was hated by the unhappy regime that wished him dead.
After surviving he wanted to resign but was discouraged from it and instead Mkapa gave him guards to beef up his security.
“Baada ya kunusurika katika kifo, nikaendea Mzee Mkapa kumweleza dhamira yangu ya kutaka kujiuzulu… na baada ya hapo nikapewa ulinzi nikaendelea kuchapa kazi,” he stated.
Magufuli upheld Mkapa as his mentor who initiated him to public leadership in 1995 when he held his hand up in the popular political ‘tosha’ declarations.