Dar es Salaam. Minister for Trade and Industries Dr Abdallah Kigoda, 62, is no more.
He died today in India where he had gone for treatment three weeks ago.
The late Kigoda becomes the second cabinet minister to die in India in less than three weeks and the fourth among people vying for parliamentary seats for the October 25 General Election in less than a month.
Information from the parliament office said Dr Kigoda who is also MP for Handeni died today evening at Apollo Hospital in India and plans to transport his body back home were going on.
His death come only 18 days after the former minister of State in the President’s Office responsible for Public Service Management Celina Kombani, 56, died at the same hospital in India where she was being treated for pancreatic cancer. She was vying for Ulanga East constituency.
Dr Kigoda was vying for Handeni parliamentary seat. Other candidate who died including the Arusha Urban parliamentary seat contender on ACT-Wazalendo ticket, Estomih Mallah and Chadema candidate for Lushoto Urban Mr Mohamed Mtoi who died in a road crash mid-September.
Dr Kigoda has served as minister in various ministries since 1995 after he overwhelmingly won the ruling CCM nomination for Handeni constituency prior the 2005 general election.
Former President Benjamin Mkapa first picked him minister for energy and minerals in 1997 and served until 2000 when he was appointed minister of State in the President's Office for Planning and Privatisation.
He served at the ministry for five years until 2005 when he was left out following appointment of the new cabinet by President Jakaya Kikwete.
President Kikwete appointed him minister of Industry and Trade in May 2012, the position he held until he met his death.