Professor Philemon Mushi and Professor David Massamba pass on

Wed, 30.Aug.2023 22.48

Special Correspondent, CMU

The University of Dar es Salaam community mourns the passing on of two retired notable Professors Philemon Mushi of Education and David Massamba  of Kiswahili language.

According to the information received by CMU, the two professors who served at the University of Dar es Salaam for many years before their retirement, passed away in different places on 28 August, 2023.

UDSM Vice Chancellor, Prof. William A. L. Anangisye said that the University was greatly saddened by the deaths of these two retired gurus who served “this institution so diligently and offered a great contribution to its transformation and development in various areas”.

Professor Mushi, a former staff of the UDSM School of Education  and the first Principal of Mkwawa University College of Education (MUCE) of the University of Dar es Salaam passed on at Mloganzila hospital in Dar es Salaam.

According to the Dean of UDSM School of Education, Dr. Eugenia Kafanabo, Prof. Mushi had a Bachelor of Education (Hons), Master of Arts in Education and a Ph.D. and was the first Principal of the Mkwawa University College of Education (MUCE), a Constituent College of the University of Dar es Salaam.

“He served in various capacities at the University of Dar es Salaam: as Associate Dean (Academic), Faculty of Education (1993-1994); Head, Department of Adult Education and Extension Services (1997-2000); Chief Coordinator, University of Dar es Salaam Teaching and Learning Improvement Programme (UTLIP); and Director, Post-Graduate Studies between 2000 and 2003”, said Dr. Kafanabo.

Meanwhile, according to Prof. Shani Omari Mchepange, Director of the Institute of Kiswahili Studies  (IKS), the retired Professor David Massamba, who was born in 1945, and once served as the Director of IKS from 1985 to 1991, passed on at his home in Musoma, Mara region.

Many people at UDSM have noted that the University would indeed remember the two professors for their exemplary works in research, consultancy, teaching, supervision of students at the University that spanned more than 50 years from the 1970s.