Namibia’s third secretary to Tanzania Selina Tjihero has died following a short illness.This comes as the second high-ranking official in Tanzania’s Chief Secretary of the State John William Kijazi also passed on.
Her demise was confirmed by Namibia’s ambassador to Tanzania Tobia Lebbeus on Tueday in a statement saying: “She did not feel well, and unfortunately we lost her,”
According to the Namibian, Tanzanian authorities said she succumbed to COVID-19, months after they declared the country COVID-19 free.
The publication further claims that Tanzanian doctors have been pressured to treat people with coronavirus-like symptoms for lung infections and pneumonia.
Tjihero, 57, was in the country for a diplomatic mission.
Still in Tanzania another top government official- the Chief Secretary of the State John William Kijazi- has died.
A statement from the government spokesman said Amb. Kijazi died on Wednesday night at the Benjamin Mkapa Hospital in Dodoma.
“Rais wa muungano wa Tanzania Mhe. Dkt. John Pombe Magufuli anasikitika kutangaza kifo cha katibu Mkuu Kiongozi Mhe. Balozi John William Kijazi kilichotokea leo tarehe 17 Februari, 2021,” the statement reads.
It was not immediately clear what led to the death of the the veteran politician and diplomat.
Funeral preparations are to be announced at a later date.
Amb. Kijazi was the second high-ranking official in Tanzania to die on Wednesday after the first Vice President of Zanzibar, Maalim Seif Sharif died in the morning.
The president of Tanzania’s semi-autonomous Zanzibar archipelago, Hussein Ali Mwinyi, announced the death on television without saying the cause.
But Janeth Rite, deputy secretary for ideology and publicity of Hamad’s opposition ACT-Wazalendo party, told Reuters: “He has died of COVID-19.”
A day earlier, the party’s leader, Zitto Kabwe, tweeted: “Denying the truth about the spread of the coronavirus in Tanzania, and therefore not urging the public to take precautions to protect themselves, has led to a lot of people getting sick, hospitals becoming overwhelmed and the elderly and others losing their lives.
“A lot of deaths are being caused by the government.”
Government spokesman Hassan Abbasi did not return calls and messages seeking comment. On Jan. 31, ACT-Wazalendo said that Hamad, his wife and several aides had tested positive for COVID-19, cases that did not show up in official statistics.