Former president Dr Shein awarded Revolution Medal

13Jan 2022
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Former president Dr Shein awarded Revolution Medal

ZANZIBAR President Dr Hussein Ali Mwinyi has bestowed the 1964 Revolution Medal to his predecessor, Dr Ali Mohamed Shein.

The event at Zanzibar State House grounds yesterday was attended by various government officials, political and religious leaders and heads of defence and security units.

President Mwinyi bestowed the medal citing powers conferred upon the Zanzibar president under section 10(1) and (2) of the Presidential Affairs Act, No 3 of 2020, with the award having been published as legal notice no 24 of 2022 in the Government Gazette on January 10, 2022.

Delivering Dr Ali Mohamed Shein’s biography, Capt Martin Mabena said Dr Shein was born on March 13, 1948 in Chokocho, Mkoani district in Pemba South Region and began his education in 1956 at Gulioni Boys primary school.

 From 1965 to 1968 Dr Shein received his secondary education at Lumumba College, Zanzibar, and attended high school in 1969/1970 at the Vorenezh College in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), he narrated.

The former president is a doctor by profession and graduated in biochemistry and medicine from Odessa University in the same country in 1975, and from 1984 to 1988 he attended post-graduate studies for his PhD in chemistry and human diseases at Newcastle University in Britain, he said.

From 1981 to 1994 Dr Shein attended various training programmes within and outside the country including blood transfusion and operation of blood banks in Stockholm, and in 1994 he attended a management and situation leadership training in Dar es Salaam, along with training on HIV/Aids issues in the planning for combating HIV/AIDS in developing countries at East Anglia University, Norwich in the UK.

Dr Shein was briefly employed as clerk in the Ministry of Education in Zanzibar in May 1969 and selected for the assistant permanent secretary Grade B position in the ministry up to September 1969 when he left for studies in the USSR.

His political life began when he contested the Mkanyageni (Pemba) seat in the House of Representatives in the 1995 elections, and upon the formation of a new government in November 1995 he became deputy minister for Health

After the next general election in October 2000 he was appointed Minister of State in the President’s Office (Constitutional Affairs and Good Governance), and emerged Vice President of the United Republic on July 13, 2001 upon the death of Dr Omar Ali Juma on July 4, 2001.

He was retained by the ruling party as running mate to Union presidential candidate Jakaya Kikwete for the delayed 2005 polls, and then nominated CCM candidate for the Zanzibar presidency in the 2010 polls.

The next polls in 2015 were as usual covered by confusion and the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) annulled the first vote, with the Civic United Front (CUF) boycotting the rerun poll, leaving Dr Shein to make a clean sweep of the polls in the March 2016 rerun.

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