Eastern AfricaTanzania/June 4, 2019/Agency Reporter /No Comment/156 views /Tanzania Tanzania’s Former First Lady Maria Nyerere Taken Ill in Kampalashare on:FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancel Photo: Alex Esagala/ Citizen Tanzania President Museveni greets Ms Maria Nyerere, the widow of former president of Tanzania Julius Nyerere during Mass at Namugongo Catholic shrine on May 31, 2019 . Kampala — President Museveni yesterday skipped the Martyrs Day celebrations in Namugongo because he was reportedly visiting the widow of the former Tanzanian leader. Sources, who could not be named because of the sensitivity of the matter, said the President visited Ms Maria Nyerere, the widow of the late Julius Nyerere, at a hospital in Kampala. The source said Ms Nyerere, 88, developed health complications the night before the event. ALSO READ Byanyima Finally Reports To Police For QuestioningMs Nyerere has been travelling from Tanzania to Namugongo to celebrate Martyrs Day for 13 consecutive years. The source said by the time Mr Museveni was done with the visit, it was too late for him to connect to Namugongo. The source added that he did not want the faithful to wait for so long and therefore, sent representatives; the Vice President, Mr Edward Ssekandi, to the Catholic shrine and the Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, to the Anglican shrine. When contacted, Mr Don Wanyama, the senior presidential press secretary, said it was not a must that the President attends the event. ALSO READ Botswana: High Court Expected to Rule on Scrapping Anti-Gay Laws“Are you saying he must attend the Martyrs Day events? The President was represented at the events,” Mr Wanyama said. Efforts to get a comment from the Tanzanian High Commissioner Grace Mgovano about the health situation of Ms Nyerere were futile as our calls were unanswered. Mr Moses Kasujja, the spokesperson of Foreign Affairs, couldn’t comment on the issue. “It is Lindah Nabusaayi, who is handling Maama Nyerere’s visit. Call her, she will give you the details,” Mr Kasujja said. Our calls to Ms Nabusayi went unanswered. ALSO READ Tanzania: Dewji Family Trashes Business Closure RumoursHonour Nyerere On June 1, President Museveni and Ms Nyerere attended a special Mass at the Catholic shrine in remembrance of the contribution of the late Nyerere to Africa and Christianity. Since 2009, the Catholic faithful have been holding Mass at Namugongo for beatification and canonisation of the late Nyerere. Mr Museveni said no one had made a bigger contribution in four million years in the African race and cause than the late Nyerere. Nyerere provided material support to Mr Museveni’s rebel group to dislodge former president Idi Amin. email@example.com Leave A Comment Below Related Tags:Tanzania share on: FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancel previous articleTanzania: Water Authority in Sh4 Billion Reinvestment Plan for Dar es Salaamnext articleTanzania: Police Arraigned Over ManslaughterRelated PostsEastern Africa/June 27, 2019 /No Comment Kenya/Tanzania: Odhiambo, Mohammed to Be Benched Against TanzaniaEastern Africa/June 27, 2019 /No Comment Tanzania/Kenya: Kenyan-Tanzania Match At AFCON Will Be Like A Final – Coach MigneTanzanian Manufacturers Get a Reprieve From LeviesTanzania Summons Kenyan Envoy Over MP’s ‘Xenophobic’ RemarksKenyan Envoy in Tanzania Summoned Over Jaguar’s ‘Xenophobic’ RemarksTanzania/Senegal: Magufuli Reacts Furiously to Taifa Stars’ Loss to SenegalTanzania: Is Diamond Platnumz’s Kenyan Bae Expecting?Tanzania: Vanessa Mdee Goes Pubic About Breakup With Longtime Boyfriend Juma JuxCongo-Kinshasa: Tanzania Targets Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia and DRC Markets With Dry Port At MbeyaTanzania: Clearance Given By Bank of Tanzania for Forex Shop Licence Application Leave a Response Cancel reply CommentName Email Sign me up for the newsletter! Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.