Magufuli Consoles Injured Kigwangala.


President John Magufuli yesterday led other government leaders to receive the Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, Dr Hamisi Kigwangala, who was badly injured in a road crash in Babati Rural District, early yesterday.
The accident which occurred in Magugu Ward of Babati Rural District led to the death of an information officer within the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Mr Hamza Temba, when one of the vehicles in the convoy overturned.
At Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) President Magufuli was accompanied by the Arusha Regional Commissioner, Mrisho Gambo, who came with Dr Kigwangala from Arusha, Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Japhet Hasunga and the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Major Gaudence Milanzi and the Ministry of Health Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Permanent Secretary, Dr Mpoki Ulisubisya Speaking at the JNIA President Magufuli consoled Dr Kigwangala and prayed for his quick recovery.
He also commended health experts and nurses of Magugu Health Centre for providing first aid services and those at Selian Hospital in Arusha for their tireless efforts to save the life of Dr Kigwangala and other people who were wounded in the accident.
The President also sent condolences to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism staff for the demise of Mr Temba and prayed for his soul to rest in peace.
Meanwhile, the badly injured Kigwangala has been transferred to Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH). Mr Kigwangala arrived at the national facility yesterday evening from Arusha, where he was undergoing treatment.
The Minister was taken directly to the Emergency Unit for further screening and treatment. The delegation involved in the accident was heading to Dodoma from Arusha where the Minister had been attending a special meeting on rebranding Tanzania as a destination.
The silver coloured, Toyota Land cruiser SUV vehicle with registration numbers STL 5718 swerved off the road and crashed into a bushy valley, in what was initially suspected to be the driver’s effort to avoid hitting a pedestrian or animal since the section of the road is known for roaming wild animals that trek between Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks.
The Manyara Regional Police Commander (RPC), Mr Augustino Senga has confirmed the incident, saying the Minister, Dr Kigwangala was temporarily admitted at Minjingu Health Centre, as soon as the accident occurred, adding that the official was doing well, though slightly shocked.
The Minister was later airlifted by a chopper to Arusha and got admitted to Mount Meru Hospital before being transferred to MNH. Temba, who was thrown out of the vehicle during the early morning crash, died on the spot.
The same accident spot took toll on the former Arusha Regional Commissioner, Mr Charles Mkumbo, who was seriously injured last February, when the vehicle he was travelling in, veered off the road before overturning near Minjingu Rural, Babati District in Manyara Region.
By then, Mkumbo was travelling from Singida Region in a Police vehicle, a Toyota Land-cruiser VX with plate numbers, PT 2040, when the rear wheel burst as they were nearing Minjingu, causing the 4 wheel Drive vehicle to roll off the road plunging into a gorge.

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