Mgimwa dies in South Africa

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Finance minister William Mgimwa presents the government’s 2012/2013 Budget on June 13, 2013 in Dodoma. Dr Mgimwa died yesterday in South Africa, where he was hospitalised. PHOTO | FILE 

By The Citizen Reporter

Posted  Thursday, January 2  2014 at  08:18

In Summary

  • There has been speculation about the cause of Dr Mgimwa’s illness, with unconfirmed reports claiming that he might have been poisoned, but neither the family spokesperson nor the government was willing to disclose what caused his death.

Dar es Salaam. The Minister for Finance, Dr William Augustao Mgimwa, 63, died yesterday in a South African hospital, where he was admitted for more than one month.

Chief Secretary said Dr Mgimwa, who was also the Kalenga MP, died at Kloof MediClinic Hospital in Pretoria at 11.20am local time (12.20pm in Tanzania).

Mr Sefue said Tanzania’s High Commission in Pretoria was working in collaboration with the government to bring Dr Mgimwa’s body home.

Asked what the minister was suffering from, Mr Sefue said: “ I’m not a medical expert. I think his family is better placed to answer your question.”

A spokesman for Tanzania’s High Commission in Pretoria, Mr Habib Awesi, said in a telephone interview that the mission had prepared a report on the minister’s death and communicated it to the chief secretary. President Jakaya Kikwete said he had received news of Dr Mgimwa’s death with profound shock and sadness.

He said in a condolence message to Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda that the nation has lost Dr Mgimwa at a time when his contribution to national development as a minister and MP was needed most.

“I don’t have the right words to express how shocked Iam following news of the death of Honourable Mgimwa,” President Kikwete said.

“I personally visited him twice in hospital. His condition was encouraging when I last visited him. We talked for about 10 minutes, and he told me that he was looking forward to returning home.”

President Kikwete said Dr Mgimwa’s contribution to national development had left an indelible mark.

He also sent his condolences to Dr Mgimwa’s family and his constituents in Iringa Region.

Chadema said it had been jolted by Dr Mgimwa’s death, and sent its condolences to President Kikwete, the late minister’s family and the ruling CCM.

Several ministers and MPs sent their condolence messages through their social network accounts.

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