Sep 21, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Tanzania gets first woman Defence minister in mini reshuffle

On Monday, after a small reshuffle, four new ministers and a prosecutor general were sworn in in Tanzania.

President Samia Suluhu made the appointments on Sunday, dropped the names of three ministers and brought back two ministers Reign of former President John Magufuli.

During the reshuffle, Dr. Stergomena Tax sworn in as Minister of Defense and National Service two days after she was sworn in as MP to replace Elias Kwandikwa, who died on August 2nd. Mr. Kwandikwa was also Minister of Defense.

Dr. Tax, a former executive secretary of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc), will become the first woman to head the Ministry of Defense in Tanzania.

Bumbuli MP January Makamba was sworn in as energy minister, replacing Dr. Medard Kalemani, whose appointment was revoked.

Mr. Makamba Jr. was Minister of State in the Vice-President’s Office (Union and Environmental Affairs) before his appointment was revoked by Magufuli.

Prof. Makame Mbarawa, who was also a Minister in the Magufuli regime, becomes the new Minister of Labor and Transport, replacing Dr. Leonard Chamuriho.

President Samia appointed Dr. Ashatu Kijaji as Minister for Community and Information, a newly created ministry, appointed Dr. Faustine Ndugulile exits.

The President moved the Information Services Department to the new Ministry under Dr. Kijaji from the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports.

She also appointed Dr. Eliezer Feleshi as the new Attorney General (AG) to succeed Prof. Adelardus Kilangi, whom she appointed as ambassador.

Before his appointment, Dr. Feleshi Chief Judge of the High Court.

The new officials were sworn in at the Chamwino State House, Dodoma.

Shortly after the new appointees were sworn in, the President challenged the heads of state and government at large Call on the government to abide by the code of conduct and avoid harsh language and atrocity.

She said she would continue to make necessary changes in the government for the benefit of Tanzania.