Detained journalist Erick Kabendera's mother dies at 80

Tuesday December 31 2019

Journalist Erick Kabendera's mother Verdiana Mjwahuzi. She died on December 31, 2019 at the age 80. PHOTO | COURTESY | MWANANCHI


The mother of imprisoned Tanzanian journalist Erick Kabendera has died at the age of 80, the family has confirmed.

Ms Verdiana Mjwahuzi died on Tuesday at Amana Hospital in the capital Dar es Salaam, where she has been receiving treatment.

Two weeks ago, Ms Mjwahuzi pleaded with President John Magufuli to pardon her son.

Mr Kabendera, detained since July, has been charged with money laundering, tax evasion and leading organised crime. These offences are not bailable.

At the time of his arrest, Mr Kabendera’s ailing mother was living with him.