Kik­wete free of can­cer after surgery

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL - DAR ES SALAAM—

Tan­za­nian pres­i­dent Jakaya Kik­wete de­clared him­self can­cer-free on Satur­day after un­der­go­ing prostate surgery in the United States ear­lier this month. Kik­wete, 64, has led east Africa’s sec­ond­biggest econ­omy since 2005 but must step down next year at the end of his sec­ond and fi­nal term in of­fice. “I was di­ag­nosed with stage 2 prostate can­cer, which was later down-graded to stage 1 can­cer,” Kik­wete said in a tele­vised ad­dress at the air­port after re­turn­ing from the United States. “Doc­tors said the can­cer did not spread to other parts of the body and de­clared me can­cer-free after the surgery.” He said he was di­ag­nosed with prostate can­cer more than a year ago and un­der­went the surgery at the Johns Hop­kins Hos­pi­tal on Nov. 8.— Reuters

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