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Speaker, Regional Assembly condole with United Republic of Tanzania following tragic road accident in Karatu, Arusha

East African Legislative Assembly; Arusha, Tanzania; 09 May 2017:

EALA Speaker, Rt Hon. Daniel F. Kidega has sent a message of condolence to the President of the United Republic of Tanzania H.E. Dr John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, following the tragic weekend accident in Karatu District, Arusha, that claimed lives of over 30 children.

The pupils and teaching staff from St Lucky Vincent School in Arusha perished on Saturday morning when the minibus they were travelling in, veered off the road and plunged in to a river in Rhotia area, Karatu, under rainy conditions.

In his message, Rt Hon. Kidega, who is away on official duties, termed the tragic accident a national tragedy.

“Death has robbed the United Republic of Tanzania and the region at large of young pupils who had a great and promising future. I am indeed saddened by this national tragedy”, the condolence message read in part.

“The Assembly and I condole with the families and relatives of those who lost their loved ones and pray to the Almighty God to grant all comfort at this hour of grief”, the Speaker said.

The Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E Samia Suluhu Hassan, led government, leaders of all walks of life, as well as thousands of Arusha residents to pay last respects to the demised at the Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium, where the public farewell took place.

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For more information, please contact:

Mr Bobi Odiko
Senior Public Relations Officer
East African Legislative Assembly
Arusha, Tanzania
Tel: +255-27-2508240
Fax: +255-27-2503103
Cell: +255-787-870945, +254-733-718036
Email: BOdiko [at]


About the East African Legislative Assembly:

The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) is the Legislative Organ of the Community and has a cardinal function to further EAC objectives, through its Legislative, Representative and Oversight mandate. It was established under Article 9 of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community.


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