Former leaders express sympathies on death of former president Mkapa

27Jul 2020
By Guardian Reporter
Zanzibar
The Guardian
Former leaders express sympathies on death of former president Mkapa

​​​​​​​FORMER Ministers and Members of Parliament (MPs) in Zanzibar have expressed their sympathies following the death of the former President Benjamin Mkapa describing him as one of the leaders who had a strong and unwavering stance.

Former President Benjamin Mkapa.

Ali Ameir, the former minister for Home Affairs said that Mkapa was one of his close friends and he will be remembered for his contribution in strengthening and protecting Union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar.

“When he took over the leadership of the county in 1995, he appointed me as minister for Home Affairs…he was my good friend, we were both journalists and he was serving as an editor for Uhuru and Nationalists newspapers,” Amer said in an interview.

Another former minister for Finance Abdisalami Issa Khatib said: “I remember President Mkapa appointed me to serve the essential position even though it was not my professional.”

He said that once I got the position, I had a big role to improve the country’s economy which included holding talks with various international financial institutions that had earlier suspended funding and aids due to various reasons.

“When Mkapa entered into the position in 1995, some international financial institutions suspended their funding to the country claiming that the country was not serious and failed to supervise tax issues,” Khatib said.

Hamad Rashid Mohamed, Wawi MP (CUF) described the late as a good leader who supported several areas to address conflict and bring peace.

"I remember during the Pemba massacre in 2000, Mkapa helped to bring political consensus,” he added.

Mohamed said that President Mkapa appointed him to be a Member of Parliament despite being a member of CUF party.

“I was the only president’s appointee from the opposition party to serve in the National Assembly. I also contributed a lot to bring consensus and peace in Pemba after the 2000 General Election,” Mohamed said.

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