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Mwanza attacks leave two MPs, six other people hurt

2nd April 2012
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  Kiwia flown to Dar for further treatment
Ilemela MP (Chadema) Highness Kiwia is helped to disembark from an ambulance at Muhimbili National Hospital`s emergence department in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

Chadema legislators Highness Kiwia of Ilemela and Salvatory Machemli for Ukerewe and six other people have been attacked and seriously injured by unknown people at Ibanda village in Ilemela district, Mwanza Region.

Mwanza Regional Police Commander, Liberatus Barlow confirmed the incident saying it occurred after Saturday midnight.

The RPC said MP Kiwia, who was reported as seriously wounded on the head, was flown to Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute (MOI) yesterday for further treatment while Ukerewe MP Machemli was treated at Sekou Toure hospital.

Barlow who named the others as Waziri, who suffered a broken leg and a woman not immediately named, who sustained chest injuries said they were all rushed to Sekou Toure regional hospital for medical treatment.

According to Barlow Kiwia was taken to Bugando referral hospital on Sunday morning, but doctors there referred him to MOI for further medical treatment.

The RPC said that they were tipped on the incident at around 2am yesterday. He said when the police arrived at the scene, they had to shoot eight rounds in the air to disperse the crowd before they could rescue the injured.

He said police are investigating the cause of the fight. “We are making a thorough investigation into the matter,” he noted.

Chadema’s Director of Information and Publicity John Mnyika said there was evidence that the fight was initiated by followers of the ruling party.

“We cannot tolerate this any more…we are going to take action”, he said.

He said the party’s leaders who are now in Arumeru East constituency in Arusha Region were in consultation with other party officials over the issue.

For his part, Chama Cha Mapinduzi Publicity Secretary, Nape Nnauye said they are conducting investigation into the reported election chaos in Mwanza, Mbeya, Arumeru East and in some wards across the country.

“We cannot blame any political party over the chaos…we are investigating the matter because we want to get the truth before issuing an official statement”, he said.

According to Nape, CCM will issue a statement today morning in Dar es Salaam.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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