Kikwete mourns Tabora disco victims


PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete has sent his condolences to the families of 19 children who died in a discotheque when celebrating Idd el Fitr in Tabora on Wednesday.

The President has also called for a thorough investigation into the matter and stern measures taken against all those involved.

Police in the region said today that six other children are hospitalized, two of them in critical condition, following the incident.

The owner of the club, Mr Shashi Patel, has been arrested as police continue with investigations.

The Minister for Labour, Employment and Youth Development, Prof Juma Kapuya, said that the president has given 500,000/- to each one of the families of victims of tragedy, the worst in the country’s history.

Prof Kapuya said that President Kikwete has received with profound shock the children’s death that occurred at around 6:30 pm at Bubbles Night Club.

Tabora acting Regional Police Commander, Mr Daudi Siasi, said that the children suffocated after the club was overheated due to poor ventilation.

Temperatures in tabora has been recorded at over 33 degrees Centigrade. The children who perished were aged between 7 and 15 years.

Among others, the Uyui District medical Officer, Dr Makelele lost two children in the tragedy. His wife passed away three weeks ago.

The National Social Security Fund (NSSF), owners of the building that housed the club, have also promised to give 500,000/- to the families of each of the children that died in the tragedy, and 100,000/- to the families of the injured children.

Tabora regional authorities have given each family of the deceased children 50,000/- and the go ahead for the families to bury their dead.

Mr Siasi named those who died in the incident as Veronica Manigu (7), Beatrice Makelele (14), Jacob Gerald (12), Salma Hamis (12), Khadija Waziri (13), Rehema Moto (14), Selemani Iddi (11), Mrisho Seklemani (10), Abdallah Rehani (14) and Agatha manigu (12).

Others are Paulina Emmanuel (11), Mohammed Kapaya (15), Ramla Yenga (15), Habiba Shabani (15), Donald Kasera (12), Mwanahamisi Waziri (11), Philipo Haule (11), Ashura Jacob (12) and Yasini Rashidi (11).

The injured are Msimu Rehani (14), Tatu Amani (15), Kulwa Iddi (12), Sakina Alli (10) who was discharged and later returned to hospital, Jumanne Abdulla whose age was not established and Naomi Joseph (13) who are in critical condition.

source The Daily News

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