Oct 3, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Tanzania’s Samia among Time 100 most influential people

Tanzania’s first female President Samia Suluhu Hassan was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.

President Suluhu joins other prominent figures in 2022 list including US President Joe Biden, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Time’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world is divided into six categories: pioneers, icons , artists, titans, leaders and innovators. Samia is named in the Leaders category.

Although not new to the Tanzanian political scene, she was sworn in as President on March 19, 2021 following the death of her predecessor, John Pombe Magufuli.

< p >In her one year as President, Samia has appointed more women to her cabinet to head prominent ministries, including the ministries of health, tourism and safety. She has also held talks with opposition leader Freeman Mbowe on three occasions.

“Your leadership has been empowering,” noted Time magazine.

“This year made a big difference in Tanzania. A door has opened for dialogue between political rivals, steps have been taken to rebuild trust in the democratic system, efforts have been made to increase freedom of the press, and women and girls have a new role model.”

Born and raised in Zanzibar, President Samia began her political career in 2000 when she was elected as a special member of the Zanzibar House of Representatives.

Unlike her predecessor, President Samia is a soft politician who has recently insisted on peaceful, decent political campaigns.