Her burial was well attended by political leaders from all parties as well as people from all walks of life led by President Jakaya Kikwete.The young legislator’s sudden death following car accident on the Dar es Salaam-Chalinze highway in Coast Region has touched many people.
The accident is reported to have occurred after the vehicle she was driving veered off the road and rolled several times. In a tribute to the late Mtema, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Anna Makinda said the departed legislator was always at ease with everyone in the Parliament and the people in her residential settlement.
She said one of the enduring legacies of the deceased was her advocacy for unity among leaders, despite their affiliation to different political parties. The number of people who turned out to bid farewell to the late Mtema was massive. Political ideologies and differences were put aside.
All showed a common need to mourn for a dear departed. Even in death, it should be noted, she remains a unifying factor. The oneness displayed by politicians during her funeral is something that should be encouraged, if it was not just a political ploy. We hope that there was some element of sincerity on the part of politicians in all that we saw in the past few days following the legislator’s death.
We also hope that it will no longer have to take a somber event such as the death of a Member of Parliament for politicians to show such solidarity. The same display would be demonstrated on matters of national interest that aim at improving the welfare of Tanzanians. Political affiliations, diverse ideologies should at all times be discouraged on matters that are evidently for the greater good.
Let us make her passing on meaningful and cherish her memory by burying our trivial differences and work together to move our country forward. With the passing of Mtema, the country has lost an outstanding citizen and a leader and the family has lost a loving member. Still, we do not have to lose focus and the oneness displayed by politicians during her funeral and burial should continue in other aspects of life. May the Almighty rest Mtema’s soul in eternal peace .