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  • Speaking to The Citizen yesterday, the young brother of Guninita, Mr Gerald Guninita said the family had already made the decision to transport his body to Ifakara in Morogoro Region next Tuesday for burial the following day.

Dar es Salaam. The body of the late veteran politician John John Guninita (60) is scheduled for burial in Ifakara Municipality next Wednesday.

Speaking to The Citizen yesterday, the young brother of Guninita, Mr Gerald Guninita said the family had already made the decision to transport his body to Ifakara in Morogoro Region next Tuesday for burial the following day.

“It is now clear that we will be traveling to Ifakara next Tuesday to attend the burial ceremony next Wednesday,” said Gerald who spent most of his time struggling to save his brother’s life.

He also said former President Jakaya Kikwete had sent a message for condolence, because he was still on his recent US tour.

 Until yesterday evening, the body of the late veteran politician was still at Munimbili National Hospital (MNH), while the relatives were making sure it was in a safe and good condition.

On Thursday, this week, the younger brother of the deceased, Mr Gerald Guninita, said they had a plan to transport the body of his late brother to Ifakara for burial. He added, however, that they were yet to make a final decision due to the fact that many leaders who used to work with him were yet to communicate with them, especially former president Kikwete who is on a US visit.

The late veteran politician who died in the morning of Thursday was hospitalized at Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) for more than month.

During the fourth phase government, the late Guninita crossed over to Chadema from CCM and then went back to the ruling party where he stayed until his death.

The late Guninita held several political leadership positions under the ruling party that dated back to the second phase government. The posts included chairman of CCM Youth Wing, District Commissioner of Rufiji and CCM chairman for Dar es Salaam Region.

Interestingly, the late Guninita who at one time was a strong cadre of the ruling CCM, later on in the 2015 elections waged strong campaigns against the same party in all constituencies of Kilombero District in Morogoro Region.