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Missing Mwananchi Communications Limited freelancer Azory Gwanda.
The Tanzanian Foreign Minister Paramagamba Kabudi has disclosed which investigative journalist Azory Gwanda, who disappeared in mysterious circumstances in November 2017, is usually dead. The minister was speaking during a BBC interview at the Global Conference for Media Freedom in London.
Joan Nyanyuki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, said:
“This particular is usually very sad in addition to extremely shocking which Gwanda is usually dead. at This particular point which a senior government minister has disclosed This particular heart-breaking news to the earth, This particular is usually time for the Tanzanian authorities to take prompt measures to ensure justice is usually done with This particular brave journalist’s untimely death.
“They must immediately launch an independent in addition to effective investigation into his disappearance in addition to his subsequent death in addition to ensure which all those found responsible are held to account in fair trials.”
The Minister revealed Gwanda’s fate during a BBC interview aired on 10 July, saying; “The state is usually dealing with all those who have unfortunately died in addition to disappeared in Rufiji… This particular was very painful for someone who was doing his job to pass on”.
Activists in addition to fellow journalists have been asking about Gwanda’s whereabouts for months, including on #WhereIsAzory on Twitter, with no answer through the Tanzanian Government. His wife, Anna Pinoni reported to the police which she last saw him when he was bundled into a car by four men in addition to driven away through their home. He was investigating a spate of high-profile killings from the Rufiji area when he went missing.