Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

4 July 2014

Tanzania: No Clue Yet On Libyan Diplomat's Death

TANZANIA has said that the death of the Deputy Libyan Ambassador to Tanzania had nothing to do with the host country and that both countries were making arrangements for his burial.

The diplomat, Ismail Nwairat, shot himself at the country's embassy in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday afternoon and the motive behind such action is yet to be established.

Head of Communications at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Mkumbwa Ally said in Dar es Salaam that the burial arrangements are in progress.

"Tanzania is taken aback by the act of suicide by Mr Nwairat because it is the first time for a diplomat to take his own life in the country," Mr Ally said, adding that the Libyan Government has assured Tanzania that the incident had nothing to do with the host country.

Mr Nwairat was pronounced dead at AMI Oysterbay Hospital in the city where he was rushed for medical treatment after he shot himself on the chest in his office.

According to a statement by the Libyan Embassy, the deputy ambassador committed suicide after he had locked himself in his office.

"Embassy officials had to break into the office after hearing the gunshots only to find the diplomat lying in a pool of blood," said part of the statement.

The deceased's body was taken to Muhimbili National Hospital for preservation pending transportation to Libya. The government on Wednesday sent a condolence message to Libya, describing the incident as shocking.

Meanwhile, JIMMY LWANGILI reports that police in Dar es Salaam and the Embassy of Libya continue to investigate circumstances that led the diplomat to commit suicide.

Dar es Salaam Special Police Zone Commander Suleiman Kova said the probe is being conducted to determine the motive. "We have already contacted the Embassy of Libya.

All procedures have been completed and we have already been allowed to enter the embassy to continue with the investigations into this sad incident," he told reporters.

According to the police, the deputy ambassador shot himself on the chest after locking himself in his office just around 1:15 pm at the embassy, which is located along Mtitu Street, Upanga West, in Ilala Municipality in Dar es Salaam.

Meanwhile, the police and prisons departments in Dar es Salaam are cooperating to investigate the incident in which a gunman attacked a Prisons Department bus that was carrying inmates on Wednesday afternoon at Mikocheni area in Kinondoni Municipality.

Mr Kova told a press conference in the city yesterday that they have decided to conduct thorough investigations into the matter to identify the cause behind the attack on the prisoner bus, which was carrying prisoners from the various courts to Segerea Prison.

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