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Coronavirus -Tanzania: Gov’t Accused of Hiding Large Numbers of Covid-19 Deaths

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Tanzania is one of the African Countries that have registered highest numbers of positive cases of Covid-19 in a day. The country has also registered high number of deaths from the deadly virus with four prominent people said to have succumbed.

Sumve MP Richard Ndassa, aged 61 died on Wednesday last week in Dodoma with the country’s National Assembly Speaker Job Ndugai indicating that he died after a short illness. Word has it that he passed on from COVID-19. On April 20, the ruling party CCM lost another lawmaker MP Reverend Gertrude Rwakatare who died in Dar es Salaam.

The most shocking death was of the country’s Justice and constitutional affairs minister Augustine Mahiga. Tanzania media reports indicate that Mahiga passed on in the wee hours of Friday, May 1, 2020 on his way to the hospital in Tanzania’s capital, Dodoma.

“Mahiga was suddenly taken ill while at his home, and was pronounced dead on arrival at a Dodoma hospital,” reads a statement by the Director of Presidential Communications at State House, Gerson Msigwa. However, reports have it that Mr Mahiga succumbed to covid-19 pandemic.

As of Thursday April 30, 2020, the country had reported a total of 480 cases of Covid-19 and over 16 deaths. However, there are concerns that the number of deaths are higher than the government is admitting. Further, it is reported that the Tanzanian government has resorted to burrying the bodies of those who allegedly have died of the virus secretly.

Unverified videos have emerged online showing some of the burials going on at nigt, with many alleging that that the situation is out of hand in the country.

President John Pombe Magufuli has been accused of complacency in combating the virus before it spread very fast. The president was quoted saying that he will not allow churches to close down at a time when many governments across the world were banning public gatherings in a bid to curtail the spread of the virus.

Still, Magufuli’s government is accused of not putting in place measures to combat the spread of the virus. On Thursday night, April 30, NTV reported that Tanzania’s opposition leaders accused President John Pombe Magufuli of hiding information on Coronavirus deaths as their government reported that only sixteen deaths had been recorded.

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