Families who lost loved ones live in expansive area

08May 2017
Edward Qorro
The Guardian
Families who lost loved ones live in expansive area

MOST of the affected families in the Arusha school bus tragedy live in the expansive Morombo area in Arusha, making Olasiti ward the worst hit area in the region.

A spot-check by this paper had established that at least 20 households in Olasiti ward alone were mourning the loss of their loved ones yesterday.

Briefing reporters yesterday, Olasiti ward counsellor, Alex Mirti acknowledged that his ward was most hit by the tragedy that had left the whole country in a state of mourning.

"It is true,I can confirm to you that Olasiti is the most affected ward because many of the deceased pupils lived around the area," explained the ward counsellor.

Mirti was also grateful of the moral and material support extended to residents of Olasiti as they grappled with the death of their loved ones.

This writer witnessed mourners, in their numbers streaming into households hit by the grisly accident to console the grief stricken families.

Meanwhile, a somber mood engulfed the city of Arusha for the better part of the day.

This came as ministers and other prominent political figures arrived for a requiem mass taking place at the Sheikh Amri Abeid Memorial Stadium today.

The otherwise busiest streets in the town were punctuated with calmness and occasional drizzles as residents mourned in silence.

At the drinking joints, all talk and gossip centred on the Lucky-Vincent primary school's loss of 33 students, two teachers and the driver in the fatal crash.

Raha Promotions, a city based public announcement and relations firm was handy, trying to update Arusha residents on today's event.

At least 33 primary school pupils, two teachers and a driver were killed when the school minibus they were traveling in plunged into a roadside ravine in Karatu District, Arusha Region on Saturday morning in one of the nation's worst road tragedies.

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