27 January 2013

Tanzania: Mara Police Wait for Report On Suspect Food Remnants

POLICE in Mara Region have sent samples of food remains that were found in the room where human rights activists, Eustace Nyarugenda who was found unconscious and later died in a hospital in Musoma.

The food remains have been sent to the Government Chemist to establish whether or not it contains any poisonous substances. Mara Regional Police Commander (RPC) Mr Absalom Mwakyoma, told the 'Sunday News' recently that the police are waiting for the results as investigations continue.

"We are still waiting for the results of the samples from the government chemist which will enable us to carry out further investigations," he said. The late Nyarugenda who was the Executive Director of Action Based Community Foundation, was reported missing on Monday 3rd December at 6.00 a.m.

Later Nyarugenda, 46, was found unconscious in Savana Bar and Guest House in Bunda District after groaning loudly prompting the breaking of the door to the room he had earlier booked in at 18:30 p.m. on the same day. Before his demise Nyarugenda was coordinating a campaign against Gender Based Violence (GBV), at a function organised by the Women in Law and Development in Africa (WILDAF).

In a separate incident the RPC said that a fugitive, Mr Erisha Makumbati who allegedly knocked down his wife Nasra Mohammed with a car is still in hiding. Police in Mara have informed the Interpol as the Police Force were tipped off that the husband had gone in hiding at his mother's village in Kenya.

He has been on the run since February last year. Nasra Mohammed his wife died in July last year in Dar es Salaam, after succumbing to severe wounds she sustained. She passed away at Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute (MOI).

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