In a heart-wrenching turn of events, the Tanzanian Ministry has confirmed the demise of Mr. Clemence Felix Mtenga, a vibrant Tanzanian youth, amidst the chaos that unfolded during the clashes on October 7, 2023, in Israel and the Palestinian territories, specifically Gaza. The news was met with profound sorrow and regret by the authorities, as Mr. Mtenga was one of two Tanzanians, along with individuals from other nations, whose whereabouts had been unknown since the tragic incident.
Clemence, a spirited participant in a unique venture, was among 260 Tanzanian youths engaged in practical training in modern agriculture under the Cooperation Program between the Governments of Tanzania and Israel. This initiative aimed to empower the youth through hands-on experience and international collaboration.
The Ministry, swift in its response, has taken steps to inform the grieving family of Mr. Mtenga’s passing. Simultaneously, they are in constant communication with Israeli authorities to expedite the repatriation of Clemence’s body for a dignified farewell in his homeland. The gravity of the situation is further underscored by the Ministry’s ongoing efforts to locate another Tanzanian, Mr. Joshua Mollel, who remains unaccounted for since the distressing events unfolded.
Expressing condolences to the family, friends, and all Tanzanians impacted by this tragic loss, the Ministry emphasized its commitment to supporting the affected families during this difficult time. Additionally, it reassured the public, both within Tanzania and the diaspora, especially Tanzanian students in Israel, that the Government, through its embassy in Tel Aviv, is actively engaging with Israeli authorities to ensure the safety and well-being of Tanzanians residing in the region.
As the nation mourns the loss of one of its promising youths, the Ministry’s pledge to safeguard its citizens and promote international collaboration remains steadfast. The story of Clemence Felix Mtenga serves as a poignant reminder of the human toll conflicts can exact and the importance of concerted efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of citizens abroad.