Former Deputy Minister Sumari laid to rest, bourse declined


President Jakaya Kikwete lays a wreath on the grave of the late Jeremiah Sumari, at Akeri village in Arusha on Monday. (Photo by State House)President Jakaya Kikwete lays a wreath on the grave of the late Jeremiah Sumari, at Akeri village in Arusha on Monday. (Photo by State House)
PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete on Monday  led thousands of mourners to bury  the former Member of Parliament for Arumeru East,  Mr Jeremiah Sumari, who was laid to rest at Akeri  Village in Meru District.

The burial service was conducted in an open ground  at the bank of River Malala.  

Prime Minister Mr Mizengo Pinda, the Speaker, Ms Anna Makinda  and  leader  of the opposition  in parliament  who is also the National Chairman of CHADEMA, Mr  Freeman Mbowe, attended the burial.

In his eulogy, Mr Pinda promised the bereaved that the government would not abandon them. "The government will take care of the family of the departed Member of  Parliament," said the Prime Minister, Mr Pinda, adding that Sumari's family should inform  his office and that of the Speaker how they would like to be assisted.

"This is the second MP we have lost in less than two weeks. Parliamentarians are mourning," said the Speaker, Ms Makinda, adding that  MPs had not yet recovered from the shock  resulting from  the death of Ms Regia Estelatus Mtema (Special seats -CHADEMA) who died in  a road accident on January 14.

The Chairman of the Parliamentary  Infrastructure Committee, Mr Peter Serukamba, said his committee had lost two reliable members as both Mr Sumari and Ms Mtema were members.

Speaking on behalf of the opposition camp, the Kigoma North  Member of Parliament, Mr Zitto Kabwe, described the late Sumari as hardworking.

Meanwhile, the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange yesterday reacted negatively after dropping by over 92.8 per cent, a sign that shows that traders where mourning the death of former stockbroker and owner of Solomon Stockbroker firm.  Mr Sumari was the founder of the firm and the first DSE stockbroker

The bourse recorded decline in turnover compare to the previous session. A turnover of 19.05m/- was recorded from sales of 12,574 shares compare to a turnover of 264.52m/- from sales of 129,40 shares in the previous session

Source Daily News: www.dailynews.co.tz, reported by Marc Nkwame: additional report by tzexchange.blogspots.com
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