Thursday, January 10, 2013

Tanzania: Radio Journalist Found Dead in Forest

Issa Ngumba (45), a special correspondent for Radio Kwizera in Kakonko District, Kigoma region was found dead on Tuesday, 8 January 2013 in the Kajuhuleta forest, three days after he went missing under mysterious circumstances. Kigoma region is in northwestern Tanzania.

Ngumba's body was reportedly found with gunshot wounds and signs of strangling. A handgun and two mobile phones believed to belong to the journalist were also found next to his body.

Kigoma Regional Police Commander, Fraisser Kashai, has confirmed the incident and said police are investigating the death and also waiting for the coroner's report. A detailed briefing would then be given to the media after the coroner's report is issued.

Commenting on the incident, Kigoma Press Club Chairperson, Deogratius Nsokolo, said information made available to him suggests Ngumba was strangled and shot on his arm. Independent media reports say the journalist was shot in the left arm and then hanged. Information said to be from Ngumba's family indicates that the journalist left his home on the evening of Saturday, 5 January 2013 for the local shopping centre but never returned.

The Tanzania Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Tanzania) is following up on the incident. Meanwhile, MISA's Programme Specialist for Media Freedom Monitoring & Research, Levi Kabwato, has bemoaned the journalist's death and called on Tanzanian police to thoroughly investigate the matter.

(Source : International Freedom of Expression Exchange Clearing House Press Release via

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