The renowned scholar passed away on Saturday night at Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) where he was receiving medical treatment.
Chadema’s Secretary General, John Mnyika said in a statement that Prof Baregu distinguished himself in words and deeds in the fight for the rights, dignity, democracy and African dignity wherever he was and he stood firm in it until his death.
Mnyika said: “The late Baregu is one of the scholars who stood firm in the struggle for a multi-party system in the country, establishing it and living it at all times without wavering, he also believed in the country's need for a new constitution based on the views of the citizens themselves.”
Mnyika further offered his condolences to the wife, children and the entire family of the deceased for the loss of their father, friend and family pillar.
“We offer our condolences to all Tanzanians for the loss of a true patriot and a champion fighter for democracy, we offer our condolences to the community of Tanzanian scholars and African scholars for the departure of a leading scholar and a true son of Africa.”
He added that they will continue to provide additional information in the future after consultation with the family about the entire funeral arrangements.
Mnyika also asked members, supporters and stakeholders of Chadema wherever they are to come together to mourn and pray for the deceased.
Industry and Trade minister, Prof Kitila Mkumbo said on his twitter handle: “Rest in peace, Professor Baregu.”
He described Baregu as one of the scholars who believed that you could not separate the profession from politics. You taught some of us who believe that scholars can do politics without losing their reputation. “
Prof Baregu served as senior lecturer in political science and public administration at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), and St. Augustine University (SAUT).