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MP Zitto mourns youthful MP`s death

15th January 2012
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Late Regia Mtema

The road carnage on Tanzania roads yesterday claimed the life of another Member of Parliament, prompting angry reactions from his colleagues in Parliament and Chadema party, with North Kigoma legislator Zitto Kabwe saying her untimely death was a blow to the younger generation in politics.

“This is a transition period for the younger generation to take greater role in governing the country and the late Regia Mtema (pictured) above (Special Seats, Chadema) was dedicated to the cause. It is an irreparable loss,” Kabwe told The Guardian on Sunday in a phone interview on his way to the scene of the accident.

Coast Regional Police Commander (RPC) Ernest Wandu confirmed the accident, saying Mtema was driving a Toyota Landcruiser with registration number T 266 BFM when she tried to overtake another speeding car.

According to the regional police chief, the accident occurred at Ruvu area in the Coast Region. He added that the deceased lost control of her car, which then overturned, killing her on the spot.

According to the Coast RPC, Mtema was driving towards Chalinze in company of Bernadeta Mtema (45), the late MP’s mother, and relatives Rodgers Abdallah (18) a resident of Mbezi Makabe in Dar es Salaam, Teresia Simon (22), Laurence Mtokamba (58), Paulina Changa (19), Peter Beresane all Tabata residents in the city.

The death of the CHADEMA special seats brings to two the number of MPs who have so far died in road accidents in recent years.

Mtema is also the second Chadema MP to perish in a road accident after Chacha Wangwe who died in July 2008. The late Mtema did her primary education at Mchikichini in Dar es Salaam, secondary education at Forodhani before joining Machame Girls for A levels. She graduated with B. Sc Home Economics and Nutrition at the Sokione University of Agriculture in 2006.

She was Chadema principal training officer and youth leader between 2007 and 2010 and was elected member of the general committee in 2009.

 

On July 29 2008, Chacha Wangwe died in a road accident, travelling to Dar es Salaam from Dodoma where he was attending a parliamentary session as Tarime MP. 

 

In the weeks prior to the accident, Wangwe had publicly accused top partry officials of nepotism, tribalism and misuse of party resources and government stipends.

Wangwe had also announced the previous month that he intended to run for the national party chairmanship in November of that year, leading to a bitter dispute with party chairman Freeman Mbowe, also occasioning his suspension as national vice-chairman.

In August last year, Khamis Silima, Uzini MP died in a fatal road accident on his way to Dodoma to attend the Union parliamentary session.

SOURCE: GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY
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