FOURTEEN people, including six journalists and a senior government media liaison officer, have died in a horrific car accident near Lake Victoria in Tanzania.
Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan has offered her condolences to the families of the deceased and prayed for a quick recovery of the injured.
In a statement, the African Editors Forum also sent its sympathies to the families and colleagues of the three journalists and two media officers who died in a motor vehicle accident in Tanzania while on assignment.
The six journalists were among the 14 people who lost their lives in the accident that took place in Simiyu, Tanzania. They were travelling to Bunda to cover an event organized by Robert Gabriel, the Regional Commissioner of Mwanza.
The journalists who tragically passed on are:
- Johari Shan Uhuru Digital.
- Husna Mlanzi ITV
- Steven Msengi – Afisa Habari Ukerewe
- Abel Ngapenda – Afrisa Habari Mwanza
- Anthony Chuwa – Freelancer for Habari Leo newspaper
Abel Ngapemba, the Chief Information Officer for Mwanza Regional Commissioner’s Office also died in the accident.
“The African Editors Forum is shocked and devastated at the loss of six journalists in this horrific accident. Our thoughts are not only with their families and colleagues in the various newsrooms in Tanzania but with the loved ones of the other eight people who died in the accident. We honour the six journalists who died while on duty,” said TAEF chairperson Jovial Rantao.
Gabriel Zacharia, district commissioner for Busega, where the accident took place, said:
“A minibus was trying to overtake another vehicle, then it collided with the vehicle carrying journalists and government officials.”