New tidings as president unveils revamped cabinet

01Apr 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
New tidings as president unveils revamped cabinet

PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan yesterday made a major shake-up of the cabinet by appointing veteran envoy Liberata Mulamula as minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation.

The president also appointed Dr Mwigulu Nchemba to the Treasury, replacing Vice President Dr Philip Mpango, and shifted fifth phase international agreements negotiator Prof. Palamagamba Kabudi to the    Ministry of Constitutional and Legal Affairs.

In remarks after swearing in the Vice President at the Chamwino State House, President Samia underlined to the new cabinet that they must embrace nothing but work hard to meet public expectations.

“I did not see the need for a complete overhaul of the ministries because it has been a short while since you were sworn in,” she said.

In the changes, Ummy Mwalimu comes in as Minister in the Office of the President (Regional Administration and Local Governments), exchanging positions with Selemani Jafo who shifts to the Vice President’s Office (Environment and Union Matters).

Prof KitilaMkumbo leaves Investments to take over at Trade and Industry, changing places with Godfrey Mwambe, while downgrading the Ministry of Investments to the Prime Minister’s Office as it was previously.

Mohammed Mchengerwa makes his first appearance in the cabinet as Minister of State in the President's Office (Public Service Management and Good Governance), while George Mkuchika remains in the cabinet as Minister without Portfolio in the President’s Office, after the new minister was named to the public service portfolio.

The reshuffle left a number of ministerial portfolios untouched, while nonetheless the president noted that more changes will be done in the future.

A for deputy ministers, the president appointed Abdallah Ulega to the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries where he had ably served earlier, on the basis of the president’s remarks.  Pauline Gekul shifts to the Ministry of Information, Sports and Culture.

Other appointed deputies are Mwanaidi Ally to the Ministry of Health (Social Welfare and Children), Mbarouk Mbarouk (Foreign Affairs), Geoffrey Pinda (Justice and Constitutional Affairs), Hamad Said Chande (Vice President’s Office -Environment and Union Matters), Hamad Masauni (Ministry of Finance and Planning) and William ole Nasha (Investments).

Ambassador Mulamula is a long serving diplomat presently serving as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation since May 2015. Earlier she served as Ambassador to the United States and Mexico, as well as the first Executive Secretary of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), spending a short while at the State House as special advisor to President Jakaya Kikwete on diplomatic matters from 2012 to 2013).

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