PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan has called upon Mbarali residents to pray for their beloved, the late Member of Parliament (MP), Francis Mtega, while emulating his good deeds during his life time.
The statement was made on Tuesday in Mbeya Region by the Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, who led citizens in paying their last respects to the fallen MP, on behalf of President Samia at the Chimala ground in Mbarali District.
President Samia sent her condolences to all lawmakers, relatives and friends following the demise of the MP.
“The late Mtega will be remembered for firm stance in defending the people of Mbarali and always stood for the national crucial development agenda in his entire life time serving as MP” said Mr Majaliwa said on behalf of the Head of State.
He urged citizens to cherish Mr Mtega’s legacy by emulating his good deed as a symbol of quality leadership delivery, committed to his society and country at large.
Additionally, residents were called upon to keep on praying for the late lawmaker, as means of honoring his life.
On her side, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Tulia Ackson eulogised the late Mtega, saying he represented his people well in the House.
“We, at the National Assembly have been caught in shock on the sudden demise of the fellow MP… it is always difficult to come to terms with the loss of our dear member, but this is a way for us all.
“Mr Mtega was a very charming leader, always attentive over all Parliamentary proceedings and agenda, especially those relating to his constituency—Mbarali. He was a man of good character,” Dr Tulia noted.
Meanwhile, the ruling party CCM National Women Wing Chairperson, Ms Mary Chatanda eulogised the late Mtega, saying he fought for the land ownership for the people of Mbarali.
“Due to his tireless efforts, I consider him as a true representative of the people… he was the hero,” remarked Ms Chatanda.
The late Mtega died at the age of 64 on Saturday morning after he was knocked by a tractor while at his farm in Mbarali, Mbeya Region.
According to Mbeya Regional Commissioner, Mr Juma Homela, the late Mtega will be buried today at his home village of Lugalawa in Ludewa District, Njombe Region. The late Mtega is survived by four children.