Turky, who has completed 10 years as the constituency’s MP and was again nominated to contest the seat this year died at Global Hospital in Zanzibar where he was receiving treatment after suddenly feeling unwell.
Toufiq Salum Turky, the son of the deceased confirmed his father’s death saying burial had taken place yesterday at Fuoni Kijitoupele.
On September 12 this year, Zanzibar president Dr Ali Mohamed Shein introduced Turky during the launching of CCM campaign at Kibandfa Maiti Democracy Grounds in Zanzibar town.
At the event Dr Shein handed Turky the CCM 2020/25 Election Manifesto whereupon he called on Zanzibaris to vote for John Magufuli as Union President and Dr Hussein Ali Mwinyi as Zanzibar President.
Many Mpendae residents expressed shock by the departure of their leader saying they had great hopes he would lead them again for the next five years.
Among them, Mashavu Shaali said the deceased, during his tenure as MP was treating all his constituents equally without discrimination based on colour, religion or political affiliation.
“We, Mpendae residents had our own saying – ‘fast changes’ a saying coined by the late MP and true enough during his 10 years as MP we have seen great changes in the constituency,” he said.
Another resident, Ali Haji said the late MP had put in place a special system to assist students from poor families to join higher learning institutions.
Salim Turky, born February 11 1963 apart from being a politician, but was also a prominent businessman in the Isles.