Tanzania’s president just reshuffled her cabinet, and her loyalists made it to the table.
Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan announced a Cabinet overhaul on Saturday, only days after hinting at making changes and letting go of persons who are running for office in 2025.
The President’s new loyalists were seated at the table as a result of the rearrangement.
The most noteworthy absentees in the latest reshuffle are William Lukuvi, Minister of Lands, Housing, and Human Settlements, Kitila Mkumbo, Minister of Industry and Trade, Prof Palamagamba Kabudi, Minister of Constitution and Legal Affairs, and Geoffrey Mwambe, Minister of Investment.
Nape Nauye, the former press secretary of the governing party CCM, was nominated minister of Sports, Culture, and Arts in a statement delivered by Chief Secretary Hussein Kattanga at State House in Dar es Salaam.
Former President Jakaya Kikwete’s son, Ridhiwan Kikwete, has been nominated deputy minister of Land, Housing, and Human Settlements, while Ummy Mwalimu has returned to the Health Ministry after serving as Minister of State in the President’s Office for Regional Administration and Local Government.
Dr. Pindi Chana, a former Tanzanian High Commissioner to Kenya, has been appointed Minister of State Prime Minister’s Office – Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Youth, Employment, and Persons with Disabilities.
Dr. Chana succeeds Prof. Joyce Ndalichako, who has been appointed Minister of State in the President’s Office for Public Service Management and Good Governance.
Innocent Bashungwa has been promoted from Minister of Culture, Arts, and Sports to Minister of State in the President’s Office, Regional Administration, and Local Government.
Mohammed Mchengerwa takes over the Culture Ministry from Bashungwa.
Dr. Dorothy Gwajima has been appointed Minister of Gender and Social Welfare.
Hussein Bashe has been appointed Minister of Agriculture, with Anthony Mavunde serving as his deputy, and Prof Adolf Mkenda has been appointed Minister of Education, Science, and Technology.
Dr. Ashatu Kijaji will lead the newly constituted Ministry of Investment, Trade, and Industry, with Exaud Kigahe serving as her deputy.
Dr. Anjelina Mabula takes over the Land, Housing, and Settlements Development Ministry from William Lukuvi, while Jenister Mhagama has been transferred to the President’s Office of Good Governance and Public Services.
George Simbachawene, who formerly led the Home Affairs Ministry, will now lead the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Ministry.
Jumanne Sagini has been designated deputy minister of Home Affairs, while Stephen Kiruswa has been named deputy minister of Minerals and Atupele Mwakibete has been made deputy minister of Transportation.
In other news, Khamis Hamza Chilo has been named deputy minister of Union Affairs and Environment in the Vice President’s Office. Prior to his current position, he was deputy minister of Home Affairs.
Mr. Hamad Chande has been named Deputy Minister of Finance and Planning.
Finance, Defense, Energy, Tourism, and Foreign Affairs continue to be led by the same people.
“All of the appointments will be sworn in on January 10 at the State House Chamwino in Dodoma,” Amb Kattanga added.