By Emmanuel Onyango
The Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces President Dr. John Magufuli has sent a message of condolences to the Chief of the Defense Forces (CDF) General Venance Mabeyo and the head of the National Service Unit Major General Martin Busungu following the untimely deaths of 13 people including one soldier and national service trainee soldiers occurred yesterday in Mbeya.
The President has also sent a message of condolence to the family members of the fallen heroes whom he said have died while serving the nation. The president also noted that he received with great shock news about their demise.
In a statement issued yesterday in Dar es Salaam by the Directorate of the Presidential Communication, the president said that he is deeply saddened by the untimely deaths of the soldiers and that should the Lord God rest their souls in internal peace.
The soldiers perished in a grisly car accident that involved a passenger bus belonging to Igunga Trans Company.
The soldier and other trainees were being transferred from Igunga National Service training camp in Tabora to Itende camp which is located on the outskirts of Mbeya city for military practical training skills.
25 people were also seriously injured and are being treated at the Mbeya referral hospital.