Sunday, October 18, 2015

Makaidi to be buried Wednesday in Dar

The Chairman of the National League for Democracy (NLD), Dr Emmanuel Makaidi, who died on Thursday in Lindi Region, will be buried in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday.

Dr Makaidi, who was co-chairman opposition coalition known in its Kiswahili acronym as Ukawa, was vying for the Masasi parliamentary seat in Mtwara Region.

Speaking at the NLD headquarters in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the party’s secretary general, Mr Masoud Mukajanga, said preparations for Dr Makaidi’s burial were underway.

“We are still going on with the preparations,” said Mr Mukajanga, adding that leaders and Dar es Salaam residents will pay their last respects at the Karimjee Hall on Tuesday.

In the 2005 General Election, Dr Makaidi ran as the NLD presidential flag-bearer and was placed seventh out of 10 candidates, receiving 0.19 per cent of the total votes.

Meanwhile, President Jakaya Kikwete has expressed his shock over the death of Dr Makaidi.

In his condolence message, President Kikwete said he was sharing his sorrow with all NLD members, family and all Tanzanians following the death of Dr Makaidi whom he described as a true patriotic and strong leader.

He said NLD has lost its longtime leader and that the nation has also lost a patriotic politician who has participated in various development activities.

“I would like to extend my condolences to Dr Makaidi’s family, friends and all Tanzanians in general,” said President Kikwete.
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