Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan made history again after he was named Chief of Chiefs by the Union of Chiefs in Tanzania. The colorful ceremony took place on September 8th at the Bujora Cultural Center in the Kisesa District, Magu District, Mwanza Region. All of her predecessors were installed as leaders and not as chiefs.
The honor comes in the sixth month of her term and celebrates her as the first female head of state since independence 60 years ago. The ceremony was also part of the President’s marketing and promotion project and the recording of the Royal Tour.
The decision to use it was unanimously decided by 96 tribal chiefs who gave it the name “Hangaya,” which is a shining one Star means.
The chairman of the Union of Chiefs in Tanzania (UCT), chief Charles Dotto of the Wasukuma ethnic group – the largest in the country – wrapped the president in cultural clothing made of animal skin and gave her one traditional spear. According to Chief Dotto, she is now recognized as the chief administrator for all traditional affairs.
The UCT is run by a secretariat that manages its jurisdiction and addresses various issues of national interests such as security, respect for traditional myths and values, who support traditional culture. The UCT also acts as the nation’s advocate, soliciting blessings on the nation.
As Vice President in 2018, Pre sident Samia by the UCT, which gave her the name “Kilela”, which means “the guardian” of the country’s destitute orphans. “
Traditional chiefs were recognized by founding father Julius Nyerere in the early years of independence when he established the Ministry of Culture and appointed chiefs to its jurisdiction and administration to highlight the importance of cultural values.
Tanzania had influential traditional chiefs in historical events prior to colonial rule. These include Mangi Meli and Mandara both from Moshi; Kimweri from Usambara in thong.