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Tanzanians mourn death of business tycoon Reginald Mengi

ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The East African Business Council (EABC) is mourning the death of Tanzania’s media mogul and businessman Reginald Mengi, who died in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai at the age of 75.

In a statement issued here on Thursday, EABC described the demise of the chairman for the IPP Group of Companies, Dr Reginald Mengi, as a great loss to the media fraternity, the business community and the East African community.

The community also conveyed the deepest sympathy to the family, friends and the entire IPP Group of Companies for the loss of Chairman Mengi.

"Words cannot express enough this tragic loss of Dr Reginald Mengi who served as the Board Chairman of the EABC for the year 2008-2009. He was an adorable, kind, philanthropic, intelligent, mentor, media leader, industry champion and business leader," a statement reads in part.

It further explained that as EABC Chairman, he re-energized optimism in regional integration by spearheading private sector views to be incorporated in the EAC Common Market Protocol and advocated for its signing.

Mengi, during his tenure, established the East African Media Summit and related Awards in a bid to raise awareness on the benefits of EAC region integration to the East African people.


chairman for the IPP Group of Companies, Dr Reginald Mengi | Coastweek

Chairman for the IPP Group of Companies, Dr Reginald Mengi.

One of his media outlets, the East African Television (Channel 5), was the first to broadcast in all the five EAC member states of Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, and Tanzania simultaneously.

His passing has been described to be a great loss to the East African business community, the people of East Africa and those who strongly believe in border-less East Africa.


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