Sumbawanga — FIVE government officials including the Deputy Minister For Transport, Dr Charles Tizeba cheated death after the official vehicle they were travelling in veered off the road and overturned three times at Gulamata area about five kilometres from Mishamo refugee camp along the Mpanda - Kigoma Highway.
Katavi Regional Police Commander, Mr Dhahiri Kidavashari told the 'Daily News on Saturday' yesterday over the phone that the accident involved a Land Cruiser registration number STK 8843 driven by Athanas Mlekwa (46).
The accident occurred on Thursday at 3:20 p.m. at Gulamata area while heading for Kigoma from Mpanda. According to the police Commander, Kidavashari, preliminary investigations reveal that section of the road near Gulamata area was too slippery and heaps of soil were set on the road as it was under routine rehabilitation.
Being on high speed, the driver lost control and hit one of the mounds and the vehicle slipped off the road and overturned three times. "The safety belts which the passengers fasten while on safari saved their lives while Dr Tizeba was the only one who sustained bruises on his left shoulder and the report from Kigoma recounted that he was taken to regional hospital for treatment and discharged and proceeding with his duties," added the police commander.
He named the other passengers who cheated death as Mr Athanas Mlekwa (46), the driver, Mr Biseko Ibrahimu (29), Public Relation Officer, Mr Andrew (30), Transport Officer and Mr Ismail Kassimu (45), Private Secretary to the Deputy Minister.
"The vehicle had its front screen damaged but we did all our best to get it back to the road as it was not badly damaged and continued with safari to Kigoma," added Mr Kidavashari. The RPC expounded further that on that fateful day, Deputy Minister and his entourage were travelling from Karema village along the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Mpanda District to Mpanda town and thereafter heading to Kigoma region.
According to Rukwa and Katavi Regional Commissioners, Dr Tizeba was in Sumbawanga for a two- day official tour before proceeding to Kigoma region to start another tour. While in Rukwa region Dr Tizeba visited Sumbawanga airport and the area which the new airport will be situated at Kisumba village about 20 kilometres from Sumbawanga town.