April/12/ 1984, Redio Tanzania Dar es Salaam (RTD),— Prime Minister Edward Sokoine, heir apparent to President Julius K. Nyerere, was killed today in an auto accident near Morogoro in central Tanzania. He was 46 years old.
Nyerere said in a radio broadcast that Mr. Sokoine died when his car collided with another vehicle as he drove back to Dar es Salaam from Dodoma, which has been designated as the East African nation's new capital. An assistant to Mr. Sokoine was seriously injured and the Prime Minister's driver suffered a broken leg, Nyerere said.
Mr. Sokoine had been in office since February 1983.
He also served as Prime Minister from 1977 to 1980 and was widely regarded as the most probable successor to Mr. Nyerere, the country's President since independence from Britain in 1961. Mr. Nyerere has given strong indications that he will retire next year.
Informed sources said that with Mr. Sokoine's death another former Prime Minister, Rashidi Kawawa, became the man most likely to replace Mr. Nyerere.
Mr. Sokoine, who left office in 1980 because of ill health, was brought back last year when the country was widely reported to be on the verge of economic collapse. He led a campaign against black marketeering that led to hundreds of arrests. Born in the Arusha region of northern Tanzania close to Mount Kilimanjaro, Mr. Sokoine was a member of the Masai tribe.
He was educated in Tanzanian schools before attending a course on administration and finance in West Germany soon after his country's independence.
He became a Member of Parliament for the Masai district in 1965 and a Minister of State in 1970, rising to the post of Minister of Defense and National Services two years later.