President Samia Suluhu Hassan announced this change when unveiling the revamped cabinet, cutting short the former political science lecturer’s position at the State House to slightly over one month.
Dr Bashiru left the post of CCM Secretary General upon being appointed to the State House position by the late president Dr John Magufuli on February 27, holding the post for 32 days.
He was appointed to replace Ambassador John Kijazi who died earlier last month. His shifting from the CCM Secretariat to the State House was a high mark of the militant posture of the fifth phase government, and his exiting the post brought a flourish of optimism in social media reactions.
Ambassador Kitanga was noticeably Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Governments) from 2011 to 2012.
He was on July 2012 - October 2019 – served as Registrar of the High Court before he was appointed ambassador to Japan.
He earlier served as District Executive Director in Kinondoni and Mbinga districts, Regional Administrative Secretary (RAS) in Morogoro and Singida regions.
Dr Bashiru was born on January 1, 1968 in Bukoba Rural District, Kagera Region and received his primary education from 1980 to 1986 at Katerero Primary School, attended secondary school at Kilosa Secondary School from 1987 to 1990 and advanced secondary education at Ihungo High School, 1991 to 1993.
He joined the University of Dar es Salaam for a Bachelor’s degree in political science and graduated in 2000, then obtained a Master’s degree in 2002.
He briefly worked with HakiElimu, Mzumbe University and returned to UDSM as assistant lecturer and pursued his doctorate qualification from 2011 to 2015.
He also served as Academic Staff Assembly (Udasa) vice chairman and acting chairman before his appointment as CCM Secretary General in 2018.
He is a researcher and features contributor marked for his socialist militancy, and is married to Zulaika Hashim, with the couple having two daughters; Halima and Hasanat.