Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Sad news: Mzee Bhoke Munanka is dead

Veteran politician Munanka dies at 81

A veteran politician who served in the country's first post-independence cabinet, Isaac Bhoke Munanka, died at the Hindu Mandal Hospital in Dar es Salaam on Saturday. He was 81.

Friends and relatives told the 'Daily News' at his home in Kimara area in the city today, that Mr Munanka was admitted to the Hindu Mandal Hospital for a few days.

Ambassador Paul Rupia, one of his close friends, said the late Munanka would be buried today at the Kinondoni Cemetery in Dar es Salaam. Munanka, a nationalist politician, at one time served as minister of state responsible for security.

He was the member of parliament for North Mara Constituency in Mara Region and Treasurer of the then Tanganyika African National Union (TANU). Munanka retired from active politics in early 1970s, after opting to spend much of his time in farming, poultry and business activities.

"Mzee Munanka was a straight forward person. He was the first to choose between the public office and business, after the Arusha Declaration," Mr Ibrahim Kaduma, a former senior civil servant, said yesterday. "After retiring from the government, he continued supporting developmental activities.

"He built the Msangani High School out of his own pockets to contibute in education of this country," Mr Kaduma said. His involvement with active politics began in 1958 when he joined (TANU) as its national treasurer and ended on 1972 when he was Personal Assistant to the President. The late Munanka, who was born in 1927 in Singida, is survived by widows, chidren and grand children.

(by JIANG ALIPO, Daily News; Monday, July 28, 2008 @18:02)

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