Member of Parliament for Chambani (CUF) Salim Hemed Khamis (62) died yesterday while undergoing treatment at Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH).
Acting National Assembly Clerk John Joel told journalists in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the late Khamis died yesterday afternoon at the MNH’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Expressing his sentiments over the MP’s death he said he has left a major hole in the party and the nation at large. He then paid tribute to the great work of the late lawmaker in the fight for national development and in particular, his constituency and for that he will not be forgotten.
Khamis is to be buried today at his home village of Mizingani Tasani in Chambani Pemba. Lawmakers and members of the public will pay their last respects at the Karimjee grounds in Dar es Salaam this morning before he is flown to Pemba for the burial.
Zanzibar First Vice President Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad, is expected to lead hundreds of Chambani residents for the burial.
Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Edward Lowassa and his Deputy Musa Zungu will be among the mourners at the burial.
Speaker of the National Assembly Anne Makinda has sent her condolence message to the family of the late Chambani MP.
CUF National Chairman Prof Ibrahim Lipumba and Deputy Secretary of the party will also attend the burial.
Khamis was well known for, among other things, as an agricultural expert. He also held various leadership positions as director of planning and selection and he also served as a member of the governing council of CCM, the nation’s ruling party.
Khamis attended primary school at the Pandani Primary School from 1959 - 1960 then moved to Kengeja Primary School in 1960 - 1967.
He joined Chamabani Secondary School in 1968 - 1969 and moved to the Fidel Castro Secondary School in 1970 where he finished his ‘O’ level studies in 1971.
In 1972 - 1973 he went to Lumumba College in Moscow, Russia, where he was awarded his bachelors (BA) of Agronomy.
He proceeded to attain his Masters Degree in Plant Disease Management at the Commonwealth Mycological Institute in the UK between 1988 and 1989.
Before engaging in politics, the late Khamis worked as a schoolteacher from 1974 to 1978 and from 1984 to 1996 before he secured employment as a farm manager with Mahonda Sugar Company.
Then Morogoro based SAS Company Ltd hired him next in the same capacity of farm manager from 1997 to 2001 before aspiring for his parliamentarian seat in 2005 where he served until his death at the age of 62,
The late Khamis suddenly collapsed on Wednesday right in the middle of an ongoing parliamentary committee meeting for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. According to medical reports he was suffering from high blood pressure.
In his honour, all parliamentary committee proceedings have been suspended until April 2.