Mourners who paid their last respects to the industrialist in Dar es Salaam yesterday described the fallen businessman as a rare species since he spent much of his fortune in empowering others.
Speaking during the requiem mass at the Karimjee Hall in Dar es Salaam, the Minister for Information, Culture and Arts Dr Harrison Mwakyembe said the nation has lost a great man who played a key role in promoting the information and sports sectors.
“Dr Mengi believed in national unity. He supported everything as long as it was for the benefit of Tanzanians, at times giving what he has. The largest thing we could remember is the recent support to the Under 17 national football team (Serengeti Boys) during the Africa Cup of Nations finals some weeks ago,” he said.
Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) chairman Salum Shamte said Dr Mengi taught them a lot of things during his lifetime, one being that everyone was created important and in this he wanted to see more millionaires like him in the country.
He stated that Dr Mengi believed in disciplined entrepreneurship which can contribute to the development of the majority of Tanzanians.
Shamte underlined that Dr Mengi believed in an economy that was inclusive, hence he will be remembered for his diehard spirit of ensuring that entrepreneurs were empowered.
“For us, we will remember Dr Mengi through various records that we have at our office but also through various undertakings that he personally participated in preparing,” he said.
French Ambassador to Tanzania Frédéric Clavier said the government and the embassy received the news of Dr Mengi’s death with profound shock as he was a polite patriotic and humble man who dedicated his life towards serving others.
“This is a tragedy to all development stakeholders. We have lost a great man who put the interest of his country first,” the envoy said.
Ambassador Clavier said the fallen philanthropist he will be remembered through his book ‘I Can, I Must I Will’ which the ambassador said was timely as Africa was shaping up on the global platform as an emerging economy founded on entrepreneurship.
The envoy said if the majority of Africans follow Dr Mengi’s footsteps then their native countries would do a lot.
The chairperson of the Tanzania Federation of Disabled People's Organizations (SHIVYAWATA) Ummy Nderiananga said People with Disabilities have lost a pillar and a father who worked tirelessly to ensure them to live a dignified life.
Joseph Kusaga of Clouds Media Group, on behalf of the Media Owners Association (MOAT) which Dr Mengi chaired until his death, said Dr Mengi was open for advice and ready to help anyone who needed help.
Confederation of Tanzania Industries (CTI) chairman Subash Patel said the establishment of CTI was an idea by Dr Mengi and that he dedicated his resources to ensure it stood up, and was vocal on issues that were important to business people in the country.