The 33 grade seven pupils from Lucy Vicent primary school died after their bus plunged into Marera River gorge in Karatu District as they were heading to Karatu township where they were supposed to participate in inter-school mock examinations with their Tumaini primary school counterparts.
Before the announcement, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Job Ndugai ordered the legislators to observe one minute silence for the departed souls.
Speaker Ndugai said that after consulting Members of Parliament from both parts, CCM and the opposition, they agreed to provide their one-day sitting allowance amounting to 86m/- for the deceased pupils. He said his office also offered 14m/-, to make a total of 100m/-
“Let us observe one-minute silence in memory of our children…we should all agree to give our today’s sitting allowances as condolence to the deceased”, he said.
Speaker Ndugai insisted the collected money will equally be distributed to all the parents and guardians.
He said the office of the Speaker has sent condolences to President John Magufuli, Arusha Regional Commissioner, parents, guardians and Tanzanians in general for the death of the primary school pupils, teachers and a driver.
Vice President, Samia Suluhu Hassan yesterday led government officials, political parties’ leaders, clerics, legislators, community leaders, parents as well as thousands of Arusha residents to pay last respects to the 33 deceased pupils, two teachers and a driver who were killed in a car crash in Karatu last Saturday.
According to Arusha Regional Police Commander (RPC), Charles Mkumbo, the number of the dead pupils included 18 girls, 11 boys and three adults (among them the driver).