Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Six arrested over Dr Mvungi attack

5th November 2013
Police have arrested six people in connection with the attack on the Constitution Review Commission (CRC) member, Dr Sengondo Mvungi in the outskirts of Dar es Salaam after midnight on Saturday.

Mvungi who was attacked by suspected gangsters armed with machetes was still unconscious yesterday, staff at the Muhimbili Orthopedic Institute (MOI) intensive care unit (ICU) where he is admitted confirmed.

Mvungi is also NCCR–Mageuzi National Executive Council Member and Law Lecturer at the University of Bagamoyo (UB).

Speaking during a news conference yesterday, Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander, Suleiman Kova, said soon after the Mpigi Magohe incident, the police launched a manhunt that lead to the arrest of the six suspects.

“Police conducted a special operation in Mpigi Magobe in collaboration with people of good will and managed to arrest the suspects. We searched them and found Indian hemp and illicit beer,” noted Kova.

Kova said the Police were continuing with the manhunt in the police region of the Coast to ensure all those suspected to have a hand in the incident are brought to book.

President Jakaya Kikwete and the First Lady Salma were among leaders who visited Mvungi on Sunday.

Others are Vice President Mohammed Gharib Bilal and Constitution Review Commission (CRC) Chairman Judge Joseph Warioba, and commission members Dr Salim Ahmed Salim and Prof Mwesiga Baregu among others.

MOI Information Officer Juma Almasi described Dr Mvungi’s condition as stable though he was still unconscious.

Briefing journalists yesterday in Dar es Salaam concerning Dr Mvungi’s condition, NCCR Chairman James Mbatia said a panel of doctors led by MOI Managing Director Prof Lawrence Museru was doing everything to save his life.

“Though Dr Mvungi’s condition is becoming stable, he is still unconscious in ICU since being brought to the hospital,” the chairman said.

Mbatia said according to recent and update information from doctors, Dr Mvungi still needs close checkups.

The Chairman called on Tanzanians to pray for Dr Mvungi’s quick recovery, saying he was an invaluable member of the CRC.

Mbatia thanked various religious leaders who visited Mvungi at the hospital, adding that today St Joseph Cathedral will hold special prayers for Mvungi.

At least six people armed with machetes invaded Mvungi’s house on November 02 around midnight, injured him seriously on the head and managed to go away with HP laptop, two mobile phone handsets and at least 1,000,000/- cash.