Five years ago, in 2014 during the 30th Anniversary of Sokoine’s death, President Jakaya Kikwete who attended the memorial mass, ordered the construction of a family house at the former premier’s residence.
The National Service (JKT) had meanwhile refurbished the old house belonging to Sokoine, erected a perimeter wall fence in the previously unprotected homestead and built a mausoleum which marks the former premier’s grave.
The leading religious dignitary of his denomination, Polycarp Cardinal Pengo who is outgoing archbishop of Dar es Salaam, led hundreds of leaders and residents of Monduli and Arusha Region in the reminiscence mass held in honour of the departed premier who died in a road accident on Thursday, the 12th of April 1984.
Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa represented the government in the memorial mass, restating the state’s position in honouring Edward Sokoine as a true patriot.
Sokoine, who was MP for Monduli, died without many properties or even personal belongings, owning only three pairs of Kaunda suits, without a private personal car while his house in Monduli was but a humble homestead.
The country marks 35 years since the late Sokoine died in Dakawa area, as he travelled from Dodoma where he had just adjourned a parliamentary session, returning to his office in Dar es Salaam.
His official Mercedes Benz was rammed by a runaway Toyota Land-Cruiser BJ40 being driven by Dumisani Dube, a South African national who was among ANC fighters hosted at the freedom fighters’ camp in Mazimbu.
On the 1st of August this year, Sokoine would have marked his 81st birthday anniversary. He was survived by two wives, Napono and Nekiteto, along with 11 children. His youngest daughter, Namelok Sokoine is the only one who followed her father’s footsteps in joining politics.