Dear colleagues, Today I am dreadfully sorry to have to share tragic information with you. This is that our brother Simbo Ntiro has suffered a terrible car crash in the early hours of Sunday morning (13th July), and that he passed away at the scene, here in Dar es Salaam. We have therefore lost a founding member of our online community and a very energetic participant in national, regional and global efforts in the realm of "ICT for Development". He was to turn only 47 years old next month, and so may have been expected to have plenty more to contribute in many ways. It appears that for some undetermined reason, he lost control of his Honda CRV on Ali Hassan Mwinyi Road, just after passing the small feeder road out of Leader's Club. This caused his car to mount the high pavement and it was stopped by a tree that was hit sideways between the front wheel and the driver's door. We were told that he died instantly of his injuries. I had spent some time with him during the evening before, and he had at the time a very positive mindset brought on by a whole range of issues, one of which was a family get-together due for Sunday afternoon, towards which he had been shopping. And we also discussed a number of forthcoming work-related events which we were preparing jointly. My deepest sympathies go to all among us who knew or interacted with him in any way. Arrangements are being made to set up an online condolence book, so that we may be able to express our sorrow and share our support and memories with his family. I hope to be able to provide you a URL for this before tomorrow. In terms of immediate family, Simbo leaves behind a two children (adolescent and young-adult) who were living with him in Dar, and a wife (their mother) who is due in from Nairobi today. He also has his mother and elder brother who are due in from Kampala. Then he leaves a large extended family with members in Tanzania as well as in Kenya and Uganda. Also grieving for him is a vast network of friends scattered across all four corners of the globe, including this online community. May our Almighty God bless Simbo's soul with eternal peace! Yours in grief, David Sawe.