THE board chairman of the Social Security Regulatory Authority (SSRA), Mr Siraju Juma Kaboyonga (63), has died.
The late Kaboyonga, who was Member of Parliament for Tabora on the Chama Cha Mpinduzi (CCM) ticket from 2005 to 2010, died of heart attack at the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) on Tuesday night.
In a statement issued by the Presidential Communication Directorate to the media, President Jakaya Kikwete sent a message of condolences to the SSRA Director General, Ms Irene Isaka, following the sudden death of its board chairman.
"I have received with sadness the news of the sudden death of the SSRA board chairman, who has worked for a short period, before his death," the president noted. Speaking to the 'Daily News' yesterday, one of the late Kaboyonga's sons, Mr Issa Siraju said his father died at around 10:00 pm, at MNH, where he was taken for heart treatment.
The late Kaboyonga, who will be buried today at the Kisutu cemetery after the afternoon prayers, has left behind two wives, 10 children and six grandchildren. In his condolences message, President Kikwete said the late Kaboyonga was an exemplary civil servant, whose capabilities were commendable during his tenure as Tabora Member of Parliament.
The president noted that his abilities made him to be appointed the SSRA board chairman, where he has left clear contribution. "Following the death of SSRA board chairman, I am sending you a condolences message and through you to the late Kaboyonga's family, for having lost a leader and a pillar of the family,' he noted.
The late Kaboyonga has also held various positions in a number of institutions, including board chairman of the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) and manager of the East African Development Bank (EADB) in Dar es Salaam. He was also a board member of Tanzania Railways Limited when under the management of RITES of India.