29 March 2013

Tanzania: Chambani Lawmaker Is No More

MEMBER of Parliament for Chambani on the Civic United Front (CUF) ticket, Mr Salim Hemed Hamis (62), is no more. The lawmaker succumbed to high blood pressure at the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) mid morning on Thursday.

The late MP was on Wednesday rushed to the MNH and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after he collapsed while attending the ongoing meetings of parliamentary committees at the National Assembly Sub-Office in Dar es Salaam.

Acting Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr John Joel, told reporters that doctors who were treating the legislator said his death was caused by rupture of blood veins a result of high blood pressure which made blood to pour to his brain.

Mr Hamis was a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs chaired by Monduli MP, Mr Edward Lowassa (CCM). Mr Joel said Lowassa and the committee's Deputy Chair, Mr Mussa Azan (Ilala- CCM) will be among MPs that will escort the body of the deceased to Pemba for burial.

Mr Lowassa had earlier broke the news on the death of the MP while the parliamentary committee was going through budget estimates of the Ministry of East African Cooperation. Soon after making the announcement, he suspended activities of the committee for the day to enable members to attend the burial of their colleague.

Before he collapsed on Wednesday during a closed-door meeting between the committee and the Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC) he was said to have taken some pills for his illness but his condition worsened instead.

He was thereafter carried by fellow MPs and journalists out of the building and rushed to the MNH where he was admitted at the ICU. His last public contribution was on Tuesday when he expressed dissatisfaction on the good governance report on Tanzania by the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) which had suggested that the country was on a right footing.

In a new development, as we went to press a statement issued by the Communication Department of the National Assembly yesterday evening said the MP would be buried today. His body will this morning be laid at the Karimjee Hall for last respects and will be airlifted to Pemba for burial thereafter, the statement quoting the Speaker of the National Assembly, Anne Makinda, said.

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