Dar es Salaam. Thousands of mourners today, Thursday June 14, paid their last respects to two students and two staff of the University of Dar es Salaam (Udsm) who died in an car crash on Monday.
The requiem mass was held at the Udsm’s Nkrumah Hall where coffins bearing the bodies of senior driver, James Kagwebe, assistant nurse Jonathan Lung’ando and students Erasto Sango and, Mary Soko were paraded .
Speaking during the service, the Udsm deputy vice chancellor for Administration, Prof David Mfinanga said the deceased will be remembered for their good attitude during their life time.
“There is now way we can control God’s plan, they were part of our fraternity and we should remember them by living in accordance with what our holy books command us. We have to continue loving each other,” he said.
Prof Mfinanga added that the university would foot the costs of the funeral.
He also delivered condolences from the university chancellor and former president of Tanzania, Dr Jakaya Kikwete.
The quartet died after the ambulance they boarded was hit by a lorry at Ubungo as they were heading to the hospital.
The accident left a third year industrial engineering student, Mr Nkiko Bende, with injuries. He is recovering at the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH)
The late Kagwebe and Sango will be laid to rest on June 14 at Bunju and Yombo Vituka respectively, here in the city while Lung’ando will be buried at Kaliuwa, Tabora and Soko at Ununio-Boko,Dar es Salaam on June 15.