Zanzibar’s first VP dies after contracting Covid

Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad was known for his eloquence and charisma

Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad, the first vice-president of Tanzania’s semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar, has died at the age of 77, a few weeks after contracting coronavirus.

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has offered his condolences in a tweet.

A few weeks ago Mr Magufuli warned health officials against acquiring Covid-19 vaccines, saying – without giving evidence – that they could harm the population.

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