Friday, 30 November 2012


Living in London last couple of years I have never heard so much shock and sadness. News of  Broadcaster Freddy Mtoi’s death in the early hours of Saturday 17th November hit the Tanzanian community unbelievably hard...
The late soft spoken broadcaster (right) interviewing local Tanzanian celebrity musician Amani Temba of the Wanaume band in London last year. Pic by Urban Pulse...

Freddy Mtoi was a part-time journalist with BBC Swahili Radio and in the eight years he had lived here, maintained a low profile, out of bounds – a very quiet, modest, highly intelligent reporter and researcher who cared so much about his work that nothing else was known about the University of Dar es Salaam law graduate. In my personal experience with him - he was punctual, cordial, honest and very good at bringing the best out of you. He interviewed me several times in a wide range of issues- arts, music, social affairs and politics. Mtoi always made me play my music to accompany the programs- a great appreciator of other people's efforts and labour.
Freddy Alex Mtoi- described as kind, disciplined and very well mannered by all those who knew him...

In a statement released by BBC Swahili tonight, it is said the 39 year old broadcaster who began working in media over ten years ago, was doing his Masters in Digital Media before his death. 
A special service will be held in his memory  on Saturday 1st December, 11 a.m. at St Anne's Lutheran Church, Gresham Street, London, EC2V.
Mtoi's body is expected to be flown to Dar es Salaam by British Airways on Monday and burial is expected in Kinondoni grounds- Wednesday 5th December , 3 pm  after  a service at Tabata Lutheran Church.
More info Contact:

Zawadi Machibya
BBC Swahili Co-ordinator of the memorial service

May God Rest his Soul in Peace Amen! 

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