17 November 2012

Tanzania: Family Perishes As House Collapses

Singida — THREE members of the same family died in Manyoni District, Singida Region after their house accidentally collapsed at night when they were fast asleep.

Singida Regional Police Commander, ACP Linus Sinzumwa told reporters that the incident occurred at Tambuka-Reli area in Manyoni town at around 04:00am this week.

ACP Sinzumwa named the deceased as Ramadhan Amrani (25), the father of the family, Mariam Kondo (23), his wife and their seven-month old son Amrani Ramadhan. The RPC explained that on the fateful day, the three were sleeping in their newly constructed 'tembe,' a traditional hut which is built and roofed with mud.

He said preliminary investigation has established that the weak rafters used to hold the mud roof collapsed, bringing down the whole house. The RPC said the three people were trapped under the rubble and might have died on the spot. He called on local residents to repair their houses before the rainy season sets in to avoid any disasters.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Lwangili of RCJ reports that a resident of Msimbazi in Dar es Salaam, Mr Denis Daniel, aged 18, died 'mysteriously' at Msimbazi Mission bus stop on Thursday. His father, Mr Joseph Daniel, said that his son was epileptic and that might have caused his death.

According to Dar es Salaam Regional Police report, the body of the deceased has been preserved at Amana Hospital while investigation is going on. The police have also reported another incident that involved a man aged 45, identified by the name of David Patrick Muhina, a technician at Kisutu 'B' in Dar es Salaam.

The deceased committed suicide in his living room, using an electric wire on Thursday. The motive behind the suicide could not be established immediately as there was no message left behind. Police also have said a pedestrian who was identified as Ahmed Matunza aged 45 was killed in a car accident.

The body of the deceased is preserved at Temeke hospital in Temeke municipality. A tax driver has been arrested in connection with the accident.

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