SOME condolence messages from politicians and academicians who worked with Prof Mwesiga Baregu have started trickling in following an untimely demise of the renowned political science professor.
Prof Kitila Mkumbo, Minister for Industry and Trade, who worked with Prof Baregu as his fellow lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam, expressed his shock, saying: “Prof Baregu was an academic who strongly believed that academics should not shy away from politics.”
“You taught some of us who agreed with this tenet how academics can do active politics without losing their intellectual rigour,” Prof Mkumbo acknowledged on his Twitter account.
A statement issued by his Chadema party described the Prof Baregu as someone who stood firm in the struggle for multi-party democracy in the country.
“The late Professor will be fondly remembered for his push for the new constitution,” reads part of the statement issued by Chadema Secretary General, John Mnyika.
The main opposition outfit further also directed the condolence message to deceased family for losing their loved one and appealed for unity from its members as the country mourned the loss of the don.
The renowned scholar and Chadema member also featured in the Judge Wariobaled constitution review commission nine years ago. He died on Saturday night at the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) where he was receiving treatment.
According to Aminiel Aligaesha, head of the Muhimbili public relations unit, the deceased had been admitted at the medical facility for a fortnight.
Until his death Professor Baregu was working as a political science professor at St Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT) after parting ways with the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM). The political scientist also served as a Chadema political advisor.