Thursday, May 24, 2018

Families share pain of losing loved ones in road accident

Neighbors console Esnath Holela (Centre), the

Neighbors console Esnath Holela (Centre), the wife of the late Alvin Said Amir, at Mbezi Juu in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Amir was director of Research Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC). Mr Amir and other two TIC officials died in a road accident at Chalinze in Bagamoyo, Coast Region. PHOTO | VENANCE NESTORY 

By Josephine Christopher @JocfineQ

Dar es Salaam. When he left his home on Monday, the acting director of Corporate Affairs for Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) Zachariah Kingu asked his mother to preserve newspapers, saying he wanted to read them upon his return.

Mr Kingu then left for Dodoma where he was to attend the TIC National Investment Steering Committee meeting the following day.

However, that was not to be as his life was cut short in a road accident at Chalinze, Coast Region, which Regional Police Commander Jonathan Shanna blamed on reckless driving.

“He called me and said he would leave for Dodoma. He then came home to prepare for the trip, then packed some clothes and left,” said the mother of the deceased, Mrs Lucy Kingu.

Zachariah Kingu, 49 is one of the three TIC senior officials who were killed in a road accident at Chalinze, Coast Region on Monday. Others were TIC Research and Project manager Martin Masalu, and acting director of Research Alvin Said Moshi, 38.

Speaking on behalf of the family of Alvin Said Amir, Mr Michael Francis, said they received news of their kin’s death through social media before calling the TIC director general for confirmation.

Mr Francis said the late Amir was a loved figure who cared deeply for family and friends. The deceased, who had been born a Muslim, converted to Christianity in 2013 before marrying Esnath Holela with whom he had two children, Larren na Riyam.

He said the body of the deceased would be transported to Migungani Village in Monduli District, Arusha Region today for burial.

Dotto Moshi, the elder brother of the deceased said Amir, who was seventh among eight children, was born in 1980.

Relatives, friends, co-workers and other mourners will pay their respect to the deceased today at the Karimjee grounds from 10am. The injured driver and another officer are admitted at Muhimbili.