President Jakaya Kikwete yesterday led hundreds of mourners in paying last respects to one of the founders of Chadema, Bob Makani who died in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.
The President conveyed deep condolences to the relatives of Makani who served in various public offices including the deputy governor of the Bank of Tanzania.
Kikwete said they will remember Makani, for tirelessly working for the country’s development, calling on all those left behind to follow in his footsteps in working for the country’s development.
Kikwete said he Makani well, describing him as a good public servant who fought for the rights of the people, in all positions in public service or politics.
"I extend my sincere condolences to the family during this difficult time of the passing away of your beloved, your father, your grandfather. I understand your pain during this period, but I pray to God to give you patience because all is God's will. I join you in praying to the Almighty to rest the soul of the deceased Makani in peace, Amen,” he said
For his part Chadema national chairman Freeman Mbowe said they received reports of the death of Makani while in Lindi where the party’s leaders were holding political rallies.
He said after receiving the reports at around 10:30 PM of Saturday, they decided to postpone their political campaign and returned to Dar es Salaam for funeral preparations.
Mbowe said Makani will be remembered for the many things he did for the country urging the government through the constitution review commission to put in place a section to remember those who toiled for the nation’s development like Bob Makani.
The Chadema Secretary General Dr Wilbrod Slaa said Makani was among the founders of Chadema, holding identity card no 3.”
“Makani was a simple man who would be ready to cope with any situation and ready to fight for his party any time without any payment,” said Dr Slaa, adding that he was ready to sacrifice himself for the success of Chadema.
The party flags are flying at half-mast for a week to honour Makani whose body will be transported to Shinyanga for burial scheduled for today (Tuesday) at his home village of Negesi in Kishapu, Shinyanga.
According to his son Mohammed Nyanga Makani, his father who was 76 years old, was suffering from heart and bladder problems. He leaves behind seven children and two widows.