The Tanzanian media and entertainment industry is mourning the death of Ruge Mutahaba who died on Tuesday (night) while undergoing treatment in South Africa.

Ruge, who was the co-founder and programs director at Clouds Media Group, died battling with Kidney failure for almost 6 months.

President John Pombe Magufuli and retired President Jakaya Kikwete led Tanzanians in mourning the sudden demise of Mr. Mutahaba.

Ruge Mutahaba. Tanzanians Mourninf the death of Cloud FM's Boss Ruge Mutahaba

Magufuli mourns

“Nimepokea kwa masikitiko taarifa za kifo cha kijana wangu Ruge Mutahaba. Daima nitamkumbuka kwa mchango wake mkubwa ktk tasnia ya habari, burudani, na juhudi za kujenga fikra za maendeleo kwa vijana. Poleni wanafamilia,ndugu,jamaa na marafiki. Mungu amweke mahali pema, Amina” reads a tweet from President Magufuli.

Kikwete, who was also a close friend to the late Ruge, expressed his deepest condolences, saying the country had lost a creative mind who was still very useful to his people.

Ruge Mutahaba. Tanzanians Mourninf the death of Cloud FM's Boss Ruge Mutahaba

“Nimelemewa! Nakosa maneno ya kuelezea huzuni na majonzi niliyonayo kwa kifo cha Ruge Mutahaba. Taifa limepoteza kijana wake mahiri, mbunifu na mzalendo wa kweli. Nimepoteza rafiki, mshirika mwaminifu na mtu ambaye amenisaidia kwa mengi ktk uongozi wangu na hata baada ya kustaafu. Moyo wangu uko pamoja na wazazi wake, ndugu zake na familia yake katika kipindi hiki kigumu. Namuombea kwa Mola ampe Mapumziko Mema Peponi. Ameen” Wrote Jakaya Kikwete.

Celebrities across East Africa, took to social media to mourn Ruge describing him as an entertainment genius who sharped many careers in the music, media and film Industry.

Ruge Mutahaba. Tanzanians Mourninf the death of Cloud FM's Boss Ruge Mutahaba

Tanzania House of Talent

The late Mutahaba was the force behind Tigo Fiesta one of the biggest entertainment concerts that happens yearly. He was also the founder of Tanzania House of Talent popularly known as THT.

Arguably there is no Tanzanian celebrity who has not passed in the hands of the late Ruge in one way of another.

Celebrities mourn the death of Ruge Mutahaba

Ruge Mutahaba. Tanzanians Mourninf the death of Cloud FM's Boss Ruge Mutahaba

Clouds FM and TV

Tunasikitika kutangaza kifo cha Mmoja wa Waasisi na Mkurugenzi wetu wa Vipindi na Uzalishaji hapa Clouds Media Group, Ndugu #RugeMutahaba. Ruge ametutoka leo huko Afrika ya Kusini alikokuwa ameenda kwaajili ya matibabu. Mioyo yetu imejeruhiwa. Tutaendelea kuwapa taarifa zote kuhusiana na msiba huu mzito. #PumzikaRuge

Babu Tale

“Hakika sisi wote ni wa Mola na kwake tutarejea”

Sky Tanzania

“Pumzika kwa amani Kaka Ruge Mutahaba. Nakumbuka siku ya interview hii ulinieleza kuwa unakubali sana makala zangu. Mungu amekupenda zaidi. Pole kwa familia na wafanyakazi wa Clouds Media”

Jokate Mwegelo

“Mwenyezi Mungu tuna uchungu, hatuelewi ila Tunakushukuru kwa maisha ya Kaka na Mshauri wetu Ruge Mutahaba. Tunaomba umpe pumziko la milele. Amina.”

Wasafi Media

“Kampuni ya Wasafi Media inatoa pole kwa Clouds Media Group kwa kuondokewa na Mkurugenzi wao wa vipindi na uzalishaji Bwana Ruge Mutahaba...Mwenyezi Mungu ailaze roho ya Marehemu mahala pema Peponi, Amin”