Tanzania former Speaker of the Ninth Parliament and Chairman of the Constituent Assembly, Samuel Sitta has died.
Mr Sitta passed on Monday at the Technical University Hospital in Munich, German, where he was receiving medical treatment.
The parliamentary session in Dodoma was postponed to allow Members of Parliament to mourn the death of their colleague and friend, who retired from the house last year as Urambo legislator.
In his condolence message to the Speaker, Mr Job Ndugai, President John Magufuli said the nation has lost an important person who contributed immensely to the country’s leadership and development.
“It’s with profound sorrow and deep shock that I have learnt of the death of Mr Sitta…I will miss him for his hardworking, patriotism and attitude to stick to truth during his leadership at different levels in the government and political arena,” Dr Magufuli said.
He further stated that, “I wish to convey my heartfelt condolences to his wife, Ms Magreth Sitta, who is also the MP for Urambo constituency, Urambo constituents, all MPs and all people whom this death has touched.”
Dr Magufuli said he was with the bereaved family during this sad and trying moment, “And, I pray for you to be patient.”
According to the House Chairperson, Mussa Hassan Zungu, postponement of the parliamentary session was also in recognition of the former Speaker’s contribution and commitment to the welfare of the Parliament of Tanzania.
Some dignitaries showed up at his residence at Masaki area on Monday to console the bereaved family.