Namibia trade tops list on ex-spymaster’s new tasks

15Jan 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Namibia trade tops list on ex-spymaster’s new tasks

FORMER Director General of the Tanzania Intelligence and Security Service (TISS) Dr Modestus Kipilimba was yesterday sworn in as Tanzania’s High Commissioner to Namibia and tasked to improve trade between the two countries.

Dr Modestus Kipilimba

Dr Kipilimba was relieved of his intelligence duties mid-September last year by President John Magufuli and later appointed ambassador, before being assigned a duty station.

He was sworn in at State House Dar es Salaam by President John Magufuli to represent Tanzania at the new embassy in Windhoek. He now has his job cut out for him considering the fact that the Head of State has high expectations on the new mission especially in the area of trade relations.

Speaking during his state visit to Namibia last May President Magufuli pledged that Tanzania would open an embassy in Windhoek to facilitate diplomatic and economic relations between the two countries, members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

The Head of State was displeased to note that despite the historic brotherly relations, trade volume between Dar es Salaam and Windhoek stood at a mere USD25,000 million (about 59bn/-) annually.

 He also instructed that the Joint Permanent Commission (JPC) for Tanzania and Namibia meet and explore areas of enhancing cooperation between the two countries.

The former powerful spy chief was replaced at the helm of TISS last year by then Director General of the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB).

Others who took oath at that time include former University of Dar es Salaam don Dr Benson Bana who became Tanzania’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Rtd Major General Gaudence Milanzi, assigned to a similar post in South Africa.

Prof Emmanuel Mbena on the other hand was appointed High Commissioner to Zimbabwe.

The Directorate of Presidential Communications at State House said that after swearing in the new envoys, the president directed them to focus on economic diplomacy with the view to bringing more investors in the country and enhance trade relations between Tanzania and their host countries.

Present at the swearing in was the minister of foreign Affairs and East African cooperation Prof Palamagamba Kabudi who reminded the new envoys the tasks at hand in representing Tanzania.

He reiterated to the new ambassador to South Africa Rtd Maj Gen Gaudence Milanzi that he should immediately embark on making sure Tanzania is in the forefront in the teaching of Kiswahili in South Africa.

Prof Mbena was reminded of the business potential that Tanzania has with Zimbabwe despite the sanctions by western countries on the southern African state.

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