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Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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Tanzania’s Minister of Defense and National Service, Elias Kwandikwa, has died at the age of 55 in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, on Monday night.

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan confirmed the death on Tuesday on her Twitter account.

She said that she would remember Kwandikwa for his competence in leadership and patriotism.

Aminiel Aligaesha, the head of public communications of the Muhimbili National Hospital, said through telephone interview.

According to her, the minister died at about 8 p.m. after undergoing treatment at the facility, but declined to reveal the cause of death.

Kwandikwa was appointed Minister of Defense and National Service by Tanzania’s former President John Magufuli on Dec. 5, 2020. (Xinhua/NAN)

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