Knowing that we were new in political leadership, he was close to us and mentored us to a fresh level of understanding what it means to deliver to the public on issues of budgeting and financial management," she said.
Representing the Parliamentary Committee on Economy and Finance, Iramba MP (CCM) Mwigulu Nchemba said the late Dr Mgimwa respected other people's thoughts, walked the talk and was an expert who implemented what he pledged even after entering politics.
"He illustrated to us that accountability concerned everyone, whether in government, Parliament or at personal level."
Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Mr Freeman Mbowe, said that for the last couple of years when the late Dr Mgimwa was in politics at national level, he was a conflict solver, which he did with humility both before and after becoming minister.
"He was mannerly and civil," said Mr Mbowe as he asked political leaders to emulate the exemplary life of Dr Mgimwa; that of being down to earth and humble regardless of the high position in public.
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.