Uhuru calls Magufuli, pledges help after earthquake

September 12, 2016 2:47 pm
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State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said in a statement President Kenyatta condoled with the country following the loss of 16 lives, injuries and destruction of property resulting from the earthquake that affected the region over the weekend/AFP
State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said in a statement President Kenyatta condoled with the country following the loss of 16 lives, injuries and destruction of property resulting from the earthquake that affected the region over the weekend/AFP

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 12 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday spoke on telephone with his Tanzanian counterpart John Magufuli to offer his support following a devastating earthquake in Bukoba District, in North Western Tanzania.

State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said in a statement President Kenyatta condoled with the country following the loss of lives, injuries and destruction of property resulting from the earthquake that affected the region over the weekend.

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  • State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said in a statement President Kenyatta condoled with the country following the loss of lives, injuries and destruction of property resulting from the earthquake that affected the region over the weekend.
  • “I have learnt with deep sorrow and regret the loss of 16 precious lives, injury to hundreds of our Tanzanian brothers and sisters, as well massive destruction of property and livelihoods following the devastating earthquake,” he said.

“I have learnt with deep sorrow and regret the loss of 16 precious lives, injury to hundreds of our Tanzanian brothers and sisters, as well massive destruction of property and livelihoods following the devastating earthquake,” he said.

The Head of State said Kenya will send a donation of 4,000 iron sheets, 400 blankets and 100 mattresses that will be airlifted by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) on Tuesday to assist those affected by the disaster in Tanzania.

President Kenyatta wished those injured quick recovery and prayed to God to comfort the bereaved families.

He added: “On behalf of the government and the people of Kenya, and on my own behalf, I extend heartfelt condolences and sympathies to your Excellency, the government and people of Tanzania, and particularly to the grieving families.”

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck early on Sunday close to the border with Uganda and Rwanda near Lake Victoria.

Tremors were felt in parts of Western Kenya.

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