High turnout as IPP co-founder Mercy Anna Mengi is laid to rest

11Nov 2018
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
High turnout as IPP co-founder Mercy Anna Mengi is laid to rest

VICE-PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan yesterday led mourners in the paying of last respects to the late IPP Group of Companies co-founder, Mercy Anna Mengi, who died of illness in South Africa on Wednesday last week.

IPP Executive Chairman Dr Reginald Mengi (C) flanked by daughter Regina and son Abdiel to lay wreath on the tomb of IPP Group of Companies co-founder late Mercy Anna Mengi during the burial event at Warindoo Mmaseni area at Machame in Kilimanjaro region yesterday. Photo: Selemani Mpochi More photos on Page 5.


A Requiem Mass was attended by government and political leaders including former prime ministers John Malecela and Edward Lowassa.

Others who attended were Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) National Chairman Freeman Mbowe, NCCR-Mageuzi Chairman James Mbatia, Njombe Regional Commissioner Christopher Ole Sendeka, Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner  Anna Mghwira and CCM Regional Chairman Patrick Boisafi.

In his massage during the Requiem Mass held at the Moshi Urban Lutheran Church, Head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) Bishop Fredric Shoo said the deceased was like a woman called Deborah in the Old Testament due to her cheerfulness and respect for others, just as the Biblical Deborah who was well remembered by the nation of Israel.

Bishop Shoo said, “For us to keep a good memory of the late Mama Mercy Mengi, just like the way Israel remembers Deborah, we dedicate a hostel at Machame Campus, which is expected to be the headquarter of Stefano Moshi Memorial University College (SMMUCo), in her name.

“The hostel will be called Mercy Anna Mengi,” the bishop said, asking the family of Dr Reginald Mengi to prepare a beautiful picture of Mercy Anna Mengi to adorn the hostel wall.

Bishop Dr. Shoo said, “If the late Mercy Anna Mengi woke up today and was asked to say just two words to her family, she would tell them to love each other.”

In her condolence massage at the Mass, Moshi Regional Commissioner Anna Mghwira said residents of the region will remember the late Anna Mercy Mengi for many things, because she was still a strong, healthy and very active person in working and serving the community.

“As we stand and see this coffin, the family testifies that the mother was really the mother of a family, a dependable mother, a church-going mother. We have seen her love during and even after her life," she said.

Speaking at the Mass, ELCT Eastern and Coast Diocese Dr Alex Malasusa told the congregation that he had known the late Mercy Anna Mengi as a church goer and worshipper in all her lifetime.

Asked to say a word at the Mass, the late Mercy Anna Mengi’s son,  Abdiel Mengi, acknowledged the support shown by the people from all walks of life during this hard time.

“My mother relied on God in time of trouble and happiness. She was greatly blessed in caring for and uniting our family,” he said.

"We will always remember our mother for her wisdom, wishes, advice and her courage, and, above all, her sincere love,” he added.

The late Mercy Anna Mengi was born on April 13, 1948 in Machame, Kilimanjaro region. She studied at Machame Girls Secondary School.

In 1966 she enrolled at Kianda secretarial college in Kenya after completing her secondary education, and secured employment with the East African Airways (EAA) in 1971.

Later the same year, in November, she was married, resigned from her post at the EAA, and became fully involved in private business enterprises including the establishment of the IPP Group of Companies. 

She is survived by two children.