The National Assembly yesterday donated 28m/- to the Japanese people following the Tsunami and earthquake, which killed thousands of people and destroyed properties worth millions.
They were led by the Deputy Speaker, Job Ndugai and chairman of the committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Security Edward Lowassa.
The members handed over the contribution to the Deputy Ambassador Shuichiro Kawaguchi in Dar es Salaam, saying it was raised by the Members of Parliament as a token to express their condolences to the Japanese people for the tragedy they had suffered.
“We were extremely touched and we are with the people of Japan in our thoughts and prayers”.
“We sincerely convey the message of condolence to the Japanese people who faced quakes and Tsunami which killed a number of people. We wish them a quick recovery from the tragedy” Ndugai said.
For his part, Lowassa who is also a Member of Parliament for Monduli said that Tanzania is a close friend of Japan and feels extremely sorry for what happened. He said that Tanzanians are praying to God for the Japanese to recover quickly from the tragedy.
Speaking on behalf of the Japanese Ambassador, Deputy Ambassador Shuichiro Kawaguchi expressed Japan’s gratitude to the MPs and all Tanzanians for their solidarity with his country.
Kawaguchi said Japan was confident that it would overcome the catastrophe with the support of the world community including Tanzania.
“A friend in need is a friend indeed. Japan will reciprocate the support of Tanzania,” he added
On Monday Chadema announced a donation of USD 2,000, as condolences to the Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan. The party’s national chairman, Freeman Mbowe said it is traditional for people to support one another during problems.
Mbowe said assisting a colleague doesn’t mean that one is rich, rather it is a way of consoling one another.
“We are doing this regardless of the fact that Japan is a developed country and over the years provided the country with billions of dollars in aid and grants implementing its development projects and even during disasters” he added.