Tanzania Loses MPs, Parliament suspended

The mysterious death of Member of Tanzania’s Parliament Richard Ndassa on Wednesday in Dodoma prompted the country to suspended Parliament sittings.

The cause of Ndassa death who was 61 hasn’t been be revealed but local media reports that the hotel where the fallen MP was reportedly residing was disinfected by medical personnel and no one was being allowed into the facility.

President John Pombe Magufuli led the nation in mourning Ndassa, describing the MP as a friend and counterpart in his political career.

Ndassa’s death comes 10 days after the ruling party CCM lost another MP Reverend Gartrude Rwakatare who died in Dar es Salaam.

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On Saturday April 25, former Mafia MP Abdul Karim Shah who served between 2005 and 2010 also died in Dare Salaam after a short illness and he was buried the following day according to local media.

The latest comes at a time the world continues to condemn Magufuli for defying safety measures such as social distancing as outlined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Manu believe that Tanzania’s slow response to the coronavirus pandemic may have contributed to the silent spread of the contagious disease in the country.

President Magufuli has been accused for refusing to close churches last month despite calls from medical experts from all quarters.

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