Contrary to tradition, President Jakaya Kikwete yesterday swore in the new ministers and their deputies he appointed on Saturday with no fanfare or jubilation.
The ministers and their deputies only outlined their plans upon starting work and most of them promised to address the critical issues facing the nation.
Such ceremonies in the past were coloured by ministers’ friends and families, fanfare and jubilation.
Interviewed after the swearing in ceremony, the new Finance minister, Dr William Mgimwa outlined some of the very immediately issues he is going to tackle as the current high inflation rate saying it has been street talk by majority of Tanzanians.
“The first issue that I will look into is inflation. This is because the prices of food have risen to a level that most of the Tanzanians cannot afford,” Dr Mgimwa said.
He said something must be done on the skyrocketing prices of goods so that even the low income earners can afford to buy their daily necessities.
Among the goods hit by inflation, he said, include rice, maize flour, beans and sugar.
For his part, the new appointed Energy and Minerals minister, Prof Sospeter Muhongo, promised to relook into all the signed contracts and find a way in which they can benefit the nation better.
“I am not going to change everything so fast as people expect. There is a need to go throw all the contracts and see how beneficial they are in the development of this nation,” he said when outlining his plans.
According to the minister, he wants to see that at least 75 percent of all Tanzanians get electric power, adding that there must also be a plan to ensure that every person who needs power is easily connected at an affordable price.
The major problem currently affecting the power sector is that the nation still depends on hydropower system, he said.
He added: “We have to make sure that we have many power generating sources including coal, gas, water, solar and also renewable energy.”
Prof Muhongo said that creativity is needed to ensure that the problem of power shedding is solved for good.
As for Dr Hussein Mwinyi, who switches office from Defence and National Service to Health and Welfare, he called on the medical practitioners to give him full cooperation, promising to work on their problems and see that solutions are obtained.
“I know how challenging this ministry is, there are many problems that need solutions,” he said.
He mentioned some of the challenges as, lack of health workers, inadequate medicines and improvement of the health facilities.
“I promise to form new team to relook into the doctors’ claims,” he promised, calling the health workers to give him full cooperation.
Besides the above the other newly appointed ministers include Dr Harrison Mwakyembe and Khamis Kagasheki, who have been promoted to full ministers in Transport and Natural Resources and Tourism respectively.
Others are Abdallah Kigoda (Industry and Trade) and Shamsi Vuai Nahodha who switches to Defence and National Service from Home Affairs is going to be manned by Dr Emanuel Nchimbi.
Christopher Chiza swore in as minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, while Dr Fenella Mukangara took oath for Information, Youth, Culture and Sports ministry docket.
Mathias Chikawe returns to his former portfolio of Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister, while Prof Jumanne Maghembe took oath as Water minister.
In the ceremony, President Kikwete also swore in ten new deputy ministers. Their names and ministries in brackets are as follow: Dr Seif Suleiman Rashid (Health and Social Welfare), George Simbachawene and Stephen Maselle (Energy and Minerals) and January Makamba (Communications, Science and Technology).
Others were Dr Charles Tizeba (Transport), Amos Makala (Information, Youth Culture and Sports), Dr Binilith Mahenge (Water), Angela Kairuki (Justice and Constitutional Affairs) and Janeth Mbene and Saada Mkuya Salum (Finance Affairs).
Others more were Adam Malima (Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives), Gregory Teu (Industry and Trade) and Lazaro Nyalandu (Natural Resources and Tourism).