Tanzania’s Late President Magufuli: ‘Science Denier’ or Threat to Empire?

More threatening than his recent COVID controversies was the threat Magufuli posed to foreign control over the world’s largest, ready-to-develop nickel deposit, a metal essential to electric car batteries and thus the current effort to usher in an electric, autonomous vehicle revolution.

By Jeremy Loffredo and Whitney Webb

Global Research, April 02, 2021Unlimited Hangout 29 March 2021

While his COVID-19 policies have dominated media coverage regarding his disappearance and suspicious death, Tanzania’sJohn Magufuliwas hated by the Western elites for much more than his rebuke of lockdowns and mask mandates. In particular, his efforts towards nationalizing the country’s mineral wealth threatened to deprive the West of control over resources deemed essential to the new green economy.

Less than 2 weeks ago, TanzanianVice President Samia Suluhu Hassandelivered thenewsthat her country’s president, John Pombe Magufuli, had died of heart failure. President Magufuli had beendescribed as missingsince the end of February, with several anti-government parties circulating stories that he had fallen ill with COVID-19. During his presidency, Magufuli had consistently challenged neocolonialism in Tanzania, whether it manifested through the exploitation of his country’s natural resources by predatory…

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