Senior government officials and members of the Zanzibar House of Representatives are expected to be given their national identity cards today. The exercise will also include the former first lady Mama Maria Nyerere, it has been leant.
The National Identification Authority (NIDA) Director General Dickson Maimu said yesterday that the exercise of handing IDs to the leaders will be conducted by Zanzibar President Dr Ali Mohamed Shein.
He assured the general public that preparations to issue IDs to government and public figures have been completed and that the process of issuing identities will continue in other regions both in the Mainland and the Isles.
Last week the government issued the first 46 national identity cards to top government leaders and high profile personalities, marking a milestone in the registration and identification of Tanzanians which had stalled for over 30 years.
Among those issued with IDs during the inauguration ceremony in Dar es Salaam were former and current top government leaders, leaders of special groups, religious leaders, business and military and some other nationals’ representing Dar es Salaam, Kilombero and Zanzibar.
Among the current government leaders who have received their IDs are President Jakaya Kikwete, Inspector General of Police Said Mwema, Isles First Vice President Seif Shariff Hamad, Home Affairs minister Dr Emannuel Nchimbi, Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Meck Saddick, President’s wife Salma Kikwete and the Dar es Salaam City mayor, Didas Masaburi.
On the side of former government leaders former were presidents; Ali Hassan Mwinyi, Benjamin Mkapa, and former Zanzibar President Amani Abeid Karume.
Others were former Prime ministers Salim Ahmed Salim, Joseph Warioba and long time CCM cadre and Minister Kingunge Ngombale Mwiru.
Others were former prime minister’s wife Esther Sumaye and Fatma Karume, who is the wife of the late Zanzibar President Abeid Karume.
Those in special groups included IPP Executive Chairman Dr Reginald Mengi, NSSF Director General Dr Ramadhan Dau, PPF director general William Erio, TPSF chairperson Esther Mkwizu, CUF national chairman Prof Ibrahim Lipumba and Chadema chairman Freeman Mbowe.
Others were Tanzania Non Governmental Organiwation (Tango) director Evod Mmanda and chairperson of the Society for People with Disabilities, Lupi Maswanya.