Tanzania gets new prime minister

Kasimu Majaliwa, Tanzania's new Prime Minister

Kasimu Majaliwa, Tanzania’s new Prime Minister

Tanzania’s new president John Magufuli’s choice for Prime Minister Kasimu Majaliwa has been overwhelmingly elected by the country’s national assembly.

The 55 year-old ruling CCM politician and Member of Parliament for Ruangwa constituency since 2010, was nominated received 258 out of 349 votes equivalent to 73.5 percent.

Speaking after his election, the new premier said the president’s nomination took him by surprise but thanked lawmakers for approving him.

Majaliwa pledged to work with all lawmakers regardless of their political affiliations.

“We will work for the entire nation to ensure social and economic development,” he said.

Tanzania just held its general election last month in which CCM’s candidate John Magufuli won the presidency, the ruling party also this week retained the speakership in parliament after Job Ndugai was elected speaker of the National Assembly.

Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) maintains parliamentary majority but for the first time the opposition has gained over 100 seats in the legislative body.

Majaliwa is a former teacher and District Commissioner (2006-2010) before being elected legislator.
He has also served as deputy minister in charge of education in the previous administration.

Tanzania’s Attorney General, George Massaju says Majaliwa is the right man for the job.

“He is a hard working leader, he pays attention to all people regardless of their political, social and economic status,” Massaju said of the new premier.

Two CCM legislators Luhaga Mpina (Kisesa) and Kangi Lugora (Mwibara) echoed the Attorney General’s seconding of the new head of government saying majaliwa can help speed up the transformation of the country’s economy.

Kasumu Majaliwa will be officially sworn in Friday by President John Magufuli