Magufuli meets Nguza Viking and sons at State House

03Jan 2018
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Magufuli meets Nguza Viking and sons at State House

PRESIDENT John Magufuli yesterday held talks with the family of musician Papii Nguza Viking (Babuseya) and his son Papii Nguza (Papii Kocha) who had gone to the State House to thank him for pardoning them and taking them out of jail where they were serving life sentences.

Nguza Viking and his son together with their family members thanked President Magufuli for forgiveness and 61 other detainees who were on hanging list.

“I don’t know what to say, but am very happy to meet the president as I have been trying to meet him all the time and today I have met him, I promise to be a hardworking man and a respectable citizen,” said Babuseya.

The family prayed for President Magufuli and the nation at large and told the head of state that they are planning to revive their music work.

In his remarks, President Magufuli thanked the two for coming to see him and said many thanks should go to the highest Almighty God who forgave them.

“I know that you have been working tirelessly to see me, I decided to see you now thank God for he is the one who forgives, now go and work and let God be your leader in everything,” he said.

Addressing the country at the 56th Independence Day fete in Dodoma on last month, Dr Magufuli said the Constitution gives him the power to pardon any person jailed for any offence and went on to pardon the famous singer and his son who were serving life sentences for   rape.

Viking and his son Johnson Nguza, also a musician known as Papii Kocha, were among the 1,828 prisoners granted presidential pardon.

He also reduced prison terms for another 6,329 inmates. Congolese-born Viking, who has lived in Tanzania for years, was sentenced in 2004, together with his three sons, for allegedly raping 10 primary school girls in 2003.

Two of the sons, Nguza Mbangu and Francis Mbangu, were acquitted in 2010 following an appeal.

However, the court upheld the conviction of Viking and Johnson. They appealed again, but lost in 2013.

In another development, President Magufuli yesterday signed a condolence book for the death of the wife to deputy minister in the Vice President’s Office (Union and Environment) Kangi Lugola whose wife Mary Lugola died on New Year day at Rabinisia in Dar es Salaam.