TANZANIA: 9 CHILDREN KILLED, 79 INJURED IN TWO INCIDENTS – A FIRE AND ROAD MISHAP

Nine children have died in two incidents on Monday with 79 others, including one child, sustaining serious injuries in Kigoma and Sumbawanga regions.

Seven of the nine children, aged between two and eight years old, died on Sunday as one was left in a critical condition when a house they were sleeping in was burnt in Kigoma Region.

Kigoma Regional Commissioner Emmanuel Maganga said investigations into the fire will be conducted, stressing that anyone who was involved will face the wrath of the law.

"This is a very sad incident, most so because the children were in the house alone, sleeping," Maganga, who was in the company of members of the Kigoma Regional and District Defence and Security Committee noted.

The Kigoma RC visited and witnessed remains of the house that was gutted, saying that the government will investigate to establish the cause. "We will investigate to establish whether there was someone's hand in it.

Police will conduct the investigation and if it comes to light that someone was involved, the law will take its course," he stressed, calling on anyone with information that will help in the investigation to present it to the police.

A Senior Medical Officer at Nguruka Health Centre in Uvinza District, Dr Stanford Mchamgeni, said the medical team tried to save the children's lives but in vain due to the grievous injuries they had sustained.

"We rushed two of the seven children to the wards to save their lives; they had severe burns to the extent of losing consciousness. They died despite our efforts to save their lives," Dr Mchamgeni explained.

In SUMBAWANGA, two toddlers aged three and four months, died on the spot while 78 other passengers were left in a critical condition after a bus they were travelling in veered off the road and overturned at Kanono Hill along Mpanda-Inyonga Highway in Katavi Region.

According to the Katavi Regional Police Commander, Damas Nyanda, the accident took place at around 8 pm on Sunday and was caused by a malfunctioning brake system.

"Among the 78 wounded passengers, 67 were treated at Inyonga Hospital in Mlele District in the region and discharged while 11 others, four of them women, have been admitted, with their conditions described as critical.

The RPC said no arrest has been made as the driver is still at large.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK