Paul Mzindakaya, son of the CCM elder, said the formerly long-serving Kwela MP died on Monday at the Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam at 80..
Reacting to the news of his passing, the president wrote on her twitter page of having received with profound sadness the news of the passing on of Dr Chrisant Mzindakaya. “I’ll remember his contribution to the leadership of our country, his hard work as well as patriotism.”
Mzindakaya was one of the most outspoken lawmakers in the 1990s and upon retirement from active politics, again he occasionally grabbed the headlines after venturing into farming, earning a name as one of the best farmers not only in his native Sumbawanga district and Rukwa Region but in Tanzania as a whole.
Speaking to this paper over the phone yesterday, his younger brother Christopher Mzindakaya said the departed leader succumbed to heart complications. He was first admitted at the Aga Khan Hospital in the city and then transferred to Muhimbili, he explained.
“Burial arrangements are taking place at his residence at Kilimani on the outskirts of Sumbawanga town,” he said.
He said his departed brother was the family leader whose counsel was respected “given his wealth of education, wisdom and leadership positions he held.”
Mzindakaya was born on 31 December 1940 in Rukwa Region and grew up to leave a mark after hard work in school and later in work, politics and even in retirement. He was a respected traditional leader upon retirement from active politics, the family member underlined..
Enthusiasts said that he goes down in history as a person who, after collecting substantial retirement benefits, did not sit back on a relaxed life but aggressively invested in agriculture “and challenged even established career farmers.”
In his early days, he went to Uganda for secondary education at Bugerere where he completed in 1961, coming back home to enroll at the Tengeru Institute of Community Development, studying there; in 1963 and 1964, graduating with a certificate.
He returned home and was employed as Assistant Community Development Officer in Sumbawanga District, and this laid the basis for his familiarity with administrative functions at various levels.
He became MP and served as deputy minister for Industries while chairing the Board of Internal Trade (BIT) from 1973 to 1975, and from 1975 to 1987 he chaired the board of the Small Industries Development Organisation (SIDO).
Similarly, from 1969 to 1975 he was national chairman of the TANU Youth League and in later years, regional commissioner and thus CCM regional secretary for Rukwa from 1990 to 1992.
In 1992, he went to a college in the Irish capital of Dublin to brush his administration and planning skills, before being elected member of the CCM national executive committee and continuing as Kwela MP for years.