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Dr Mwakyembe returns

17th March 2012
  Spokesman: He is in high spirits and ready for work
Works Deputy Minister for Works Dr Harrison Mwakyembe

Works Deputy Minister for Works Dr Harrison Mwakyembe return from treatment in India in much better health, saying he will officially resume work on Monday next week.

Dr Mwakyembe was admitted at the Apollo Hospital in India last month where doctors were working to control what he said was a problem in his bone marrow.

At the Julius Nyerere International Airport, the Kyela legislator was welcomed by his relatives and family members.

Briefing journalists shortly his arrival, Dr Mwakyembe’s family spokesman Victor Mwambalaswa who is also a Member of Parliament for Lupa said: “Dr Mwakyembe has arrived safely…he is in good health. But he has asked me to apologise on his behalf that he cannot talk to the media now. He will speak to you on Monday morning.”

Mwambalaswa said Dr Mwakyembe’s health has stabilized compared to the previous time, adding that he is in high spirits and ready for work.

He declined to say whether Dr Mwakyembe will still need to go back to India for further medical checks. He said that the deputy minister will clarify everything on Monday.

According to Mwambalaswa, Dr Mwakyembe’s skin has healed and that he is no longer wearing gloves.

Dr Mwakyembe, who is also Member of Parliament for Kyela, first left the country in October last year for Apollo hospital in India for treatment of a skin related disease, amid speculations that he might have been poisoned.

After his return in December last year, Dr Mwakyembe vowed to continue fighting corruption and that he had no plans for revenge.

The report compiled of his disease details from Indian doctors was submitted to the government of Tanzania, but has todate not been made public.

Last month, the Director of Criminal Investigation Robert Manumba said the police force has completed investigations into allegations of poisoning of the Deputy Works minister, saying no such ugly act took place.

He said the police communicated with Health and Social Welfare ministry to establish the truth of the reports that Dr Mwakyembe had been poisoned whereas it was revealed that he was not poisoned.

Immediately after Manumba’s statement, Dr Mwakyembe issued a statement that the DCI report was unfair to him, since he had failed to elaborate what sort of skin disease he was suffering from.

However, the Minister for health and social welfare, Dr Hadji Mponda, said the ministry had never issued Dr Mwakyembe’s report nor did it provide it to the police.

East African Cooperation Minister Samwel Sitta has all along maintained that Dr Mwakyembe was poisoned, according to medical examination from India.


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