President of the United Republic of Tanzania Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete committed himself to honour pledges of promoting and developing artists in the country during his brief speech he delivered at the residence of the late Steven Kanumba in Dar es Salaam yesterday.
The President said he is still working out of the planned studio that would enable artists to use it for production purposes.
Kikwete expressed his profound shock and intense grief following the sudden death of the country’s leading movie star Steven Charles Kanumba who passed away in Dar es Salaam on early hours of Saturday morning.
The president took trouble to visit the deceased family at Sinza and joined thousands of mourners during afternoon hours yesterday.
The President signed the condolence book before meeting family members, friends, artists and other people of the late Kanumba.
“I have come to join you in mourning Steven Kanumba whom we have known for each other for long spell during his movie star career. I invited him in a luncheon in Dodoma together with some of his friends who have been cooperating in their movie starring career. We are bound to miss Kanumba who has left the world at a very young age, but this is the will of God. Please try to come to terms at this hard time”.
The President urged artists and friends to accept the decision to be made by the Kaumba family in terms of where his body would be buried.
Kanumba who died at the age of 28 has shocked many people, young and old, women and men and the Sinza ‘Vatican’ suburb where he was staying has been filled with a huge crowd since Saturday morning as traffic stalled in the area.
Meanwhile, the Kigoma North Legislator Zitto Kabwe says he joins the family of the late movie star Steven Kanumba in mourning.
Zitto said he has been personally shocked by the sudden death of Kanumba and shares the grief with the rest of the family, relatives and friends of the movie star.
Zitto admitted that Kanumba has left a huge gap which will take time to be filled.
“Certainly this gap is wide and the news of his death has been sending reverberating shockwaves not only to those who knew him personally but also to film fans around the continent”, said Zitto.
“I had a very hard time after hearing the news of his sudden death as I happen to be one of Kanumba film’s fans”, said Kabwe.
Zitto said he joins the Kanumba family in mourning at this delicate time. The MP said Kaumba was a hard working man and would remain as a role model to the rest of the film stars for long spells.