One among the politicians was Alliance for Transparency and Change (ACT_Wazalendo) Zitto Kabwe described the late Dilunga as a hardworking and one of the best editors.
“My heartfelt condolences to his family, the Tanzania Editors Forum (TEF) we have lost one of the talented editors in the country,” Zitto Kabwe wrote on his Twitter.
Chalinze Member of Parliament Ridhiwani Kikwete said he received the news of the death of his friend Dilunga who was working to inform the public saying that may the Almighty God let his soul rest in eternal peace.
Deputy Minister for Agriculture Hussein Bashe wrote on his social media platform and prayed for Dilunga’s soul to rest in peace.
"Innalilah Wainnailayhii Rajiuun, RIP brother Dilunga, may Allah grant you a peaceful rest,” Bashe said.
According to a statement issued by his employer Jamhuri Media, the managing director Deodatus Balile Dilunga was admitted at Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) o September, 9 this year after being referred to from Mwananyamala hospital suffering from abdominal pains.
“Doctors and nurses at MNH worked tirelessly to save his life but, God loved him the most,” the statement read in part.
According to Balile the company in collaboration with the family of Dilunga is making preparations for the burial ceremony which will be held in Morogoro where he was born.
Balile who is also the acting chairman for the Tanzania Editors Forum said Dilunga was employed as a news editor with Jamhuri newspaper in February this year, saying he had also worked with Raia Mwema and Mtanzania newspapers.
“For a short period that Dilunga has worked for our paper, he has contributed a lot to change in terms of content and investigative articles and his gap will be difficult to fill,” he said.