Hundreds pay last respects to Paul Bomani
By Peter Tindwa, IPP Media
Mon, Apr 04, 2005
Chairman of the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) Council Prof Immanuel Bavu, yesterday led staff and students in paying last respects to the institution’s chancellor, the late Paul Bomani.
The mourners, who included former prime minister Joseph Sinde Warioba, paid their last respects to the fallen hero at the Nkrumah Hall on the Main Campus.
Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology Dr Pius Ng’wandu paid tribute to Bomani, describing him as a hard worker, who was not only the chancellor, but also a defender of the rights of UDSM staff and students.
“The late Paul Bomani was a freedom fighter who led Tanzanians to liberate themselves from abject poverty through co-operative activities,” Dr Ng’wandu stated.
Ng’wandu said the government recognises the contribution made by the late Bomani to national development.
Among dignitaries who paid their last respects to the late Bomani were minister for Defence and National Service, Prof Philemon Sarungi, Minister for Communication and Transport Prof Mark Mwandosya and the Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, Charles Keenja.
Also present were the IPP Group Executive Chairman, Reginald Mengi, Justice Damian Lubuva and Norwegian ambassador to Tanzania, Jorunn Maehlum.
Special prayers for the late Bomani were conducted in the Nkrumah Hall by Seventh Day Adventist secretary-general, Reverend Bernard Mambwe.
The body of the late Bomani was ferried from Dar es Salaam yesterday evening to Mwanza where he will be buried at Capripoint cemetery today.
Speaking to The Guardian outside Nkrumah Hall yesterday, Prof Bavu described the late Bomani as a wise and exemplary leader.
Prof Bavu called upon Tanzanians to emulate Bomani and serve the country with dedication.
Bomani passed away on Friday morning at TMJ Hospital in Dar es Salaam, where he had been admitted on March 26.