Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

6 January 2014

Tanzania: More Tributes Pour in for Dr Mgimwa

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Peramiho lawmaker (CCM), Ms Jenista Mhagama sent her condolences to the people in Kalenga constituency, saying that the minister's demise has left a huge gap as he was a resourceful MP who was never absent.

"He contributed insightful points; we all respected him when he stood to speak even when he was still an ordinary MP. He was an illustration of resourceful person in our party," she said.

Nominated MP James Mbatia (NCCR Mageuzi) said the late Mgimwa was a great listener who reflected first before responding to anyone.

Southern African Development Community (SADC) Executive Secretary, Dr Stergomena Tax said the late minister was important in the region as he was instrumental in customs reforms and budget policies. UNDP and East Africa Community (EAC) also sent representatives.

The Chairman of the Burial Committee, Mr William Lukuvi, who is also the Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office (Policy, Coordination and Parliamentary Affairs), read a letter from Zanzibar President, Dr Ali Mohamed Shein who also paid a tribute to the departed minister.

The late Dr Mgimwa will be laid to rest at Magunga village in Iringa Region today. President Jakaya Kikwete will lead the mourners. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister, Mr Mizengo Pinda, arrived in Iringa yesterday to attend the burial.

Mr Pinda went straight to Magunga village, Kiponzelo ward in Iringa District, Dr Mgimwa's home village. The premier than proceeded to the Siasa ni Kilimo Hall in Iringa municipality where Iringa residents were paying their last respects.

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