The family of the former Tanzanian head of State Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete has finally broken their silence following the news doing rounds on social media about his death.
Addressing the same, in a statement on his official Twitter handle, Jakaya Kikwete’s son Ridhiwani Kikwete refuted the claims noting that his father was alive and kicking and in good health.
According to the young Kikwete, his father is in good health currently and not suffering from any ailment.
He told his fellow Tanzanians and fans over to treat the news with utmost contempt it deserves, terming it alarming and unfounded.
“Baada ya kupokea Simu na Jumbe mbalimbali nimeona nitumie nafasi hii kuweka kumbukizi sawa. Mzee wetu na Mzazi wetu Dr. @jmkikwete yupo salama wa Afya Nyingi sana. Hana tatizo lolote kiafya na anaendelea na majukumu yake. Taarifa za aina yeyote ni za Kipuuzi na za kupuuzwa,” he tweeted.
Mzee Jakaya Kikwete served his Country Tanzania’s as the fourth President from 2005 to 2015.
During his leadership he oversaw, Tanzanian in making huge strides in development and economic wellbeing that have now catapulted it to becoming a power house in East and Central Africa.
Kikwete has consistently maintained a low profile, after leaving office, only making public appearances when necessary.
As part of the Presidential retirement package, he was recently given a new house by the Tanzanian government, as a former head of the state.
The luxurious house was presented him by the current President Samia Suluhu who vowed to make sure that Kikwete’s needs are well taken care of.