Tanzania suspends Parliament after loosing two MPs as world condemns Magufuli for defying COVID-19 safety measures

Tanzania has suspended Parliament sittings following the mysterious death of another Member of Parliament Richard Ndassa on Wednesday in Dodoma.

The Citizen quoting Speaker of Parliament Job Ndugai reports that Ndassa died on Wednesday April 29 in Dodoma after a short illness.

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.

He described 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.

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.

Magufuli refused to close churches last month despite calls from medical experts from all quarters.

This many believe may have contributed to the spread of the contagious disease in the country.

Instead, the Head of State termed worship centres as places where people could seek healing.

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Abitegeka Gerald

The News Editor ,Reporter at Kagadi Kibaale community Radio

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