Former UN official joins TZ presidential race

President Kikwete and Dr. Migiro

President Kikwete and Dr. Migiro

United Nation Ex-Deputy Secretary General Dr Asha-Rose Migiro just joined the already full to capacity race for the nomination for president for the ruling party Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM).

Migiro who is the Justice and Constitution and Legal Affairs Cabinet Minister becomes the fourth woman in CCM to declare candidacy for the highest office in the land.

She quickly told the press  in Dodoma her focus would be to build a modern economy and to rid the East African nation of abject poverty.

Dr Migiro was optimistic that she is capable of competing in the already “packed” race as she aims at setting up proper strategies that would set Tanzanians free from poverty.

“I am self determined with experience to handle big jobs. It was not easy for me to acquire the post at the UN –with that simple note i think I am capable to be a successful president.” she said.

Dr. Migiro launching her campaign Monday June 15.

Dr. Migiro launching her campaign Monday June 15.

So far, there are more than 20 candidates fighting  for CCM’s endorsement, and majority is current cabinet ministers in President Jakaya Kikwete’s administration.

Migiro has served as Minister for Community Development, Women Children (Under Benjamin Mkapa), Foreign Affairs minister, and from 2007 to 2012 she served as the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations.

Tanzania’s presidential election is due this October. Former Prime Minister Edward Lowassa and Charles Makongoro Nyerere, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere’s son, both CCM, have declared candidacies.