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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Lucas Tarimo buried in Rombo district

 
Minister for East African Community Samuel Sitta and IPP chairman Reginald Mengi yesterday joined residents of Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam and other neighbouring regions at the burial of Lucas Tarimo (75), who was the mayor of Moshi municipality from 2000 to 2005.
The burial ceremony took place at Katangara village, in Katangara Mrere ward, Rombo district.
Tarimo died on October 29 from bladder cancer while hospitalised in a Nairobi hospital in Kenya. He was buried at 15:00 after requiem mass at Mashati Catholic parish church in Moshi.
In his preaching, Fr Eugen Mato asked the faithful to be ready all the time since no one knew when he or she would die.
“I know the family is in great sorrow but we should have faith since Tarimo is with the Lord and our duty is to pray for him and be good followers of Christ and prepare ourselves well,” said the priest.
He asked the bereaved family to remain united and said Tarimo’s death should not be a reason for them to separate instead they should stay together.
Offering his condolences, Samuel Sitta said he would remember Tarimo for so many things, among them, being his courage, faithfulness and that he was a person who lived in harmony with people without discriminating against them.
“When I was Kilimanjaro regional commissioner, Tarimo was my neighbour and he was a good neighbour. To prove this, you can tell from the number of people who have attended his funeral. This tells us how good he was,” said Sitta.
Mengi too offered his condolences on behalf of businesspeople and asked God to give his family patience.
“I will remember Tarimo first as a gentleman. Although God gave him wealth, he lived in harmony with people around him. Second, he was faithful since I have never heard of him possessing what isn’t his,” he said.
Mengi added: “The third attribute is that knowing that here on earth we are only passing and that life is very short, he used most of his life praising the Lord without being prevented by his wealth since many rich people think there is no need for God.”
He urged the bereaved family to follow what he did during his life time since “even though he was not physically with us” he would still be in their hearts.
Other leaders who attended the burial ceremony included CCM (Mainland) vice chairman Pius Msekwa, Moshi municipal mayor Jaffary Michael, former Rombo MP and Finance Minister Basil Mramba and Rombo district commissioner Peter Toima.Others were Kilimanjaro CCM chairman Vicky Nsilo Swai, former mayor of Moshi municipality after Tarimo, Lameck Kaaya, different businesspeople and other people from within and outside the country.
The late Tarimo was born on December 4, 1936. He joined Mashati primary school till grade six and later joined Singachini Kibosho Teacher’s College. He started working as a teacher in 1957 in Mbulu in Manyara region where he also moved and worked as Tanu secretary in Kilimanjaro region.
Tarimo once worked at a leather factory in the region in 1969, a sack factory in 1972 and at Tanzania Gemstone in 1976 - in all places he was employees officer. In 1979, he opened his construction company known as Lucas
Construction and became managing director. He also opened Tan Optic in 1985, a spectacles factory, where he was a shareholder.
He started getting ill in May 2007 and his bladder cancer was discovered in a Nairobi hospital in Kenya in 2008. He was once treated in Apollo hospital in India, KCMC in Moshi town, Tumaini in Dar es Salaam and in Nairobi Kenya where he finally died.
He has left behind a widow Edna Masamu and eight children (six sons and two daughters), 20 grand children and one great grandchild.
    

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