Tanzania’s new leader swears in cabinet

Magufuli poses with new cabinet members at State House Saturday

Magufuli (centre front row) poses with new cabinet members at State House Saturday

Tanzania President Dr John Magufuli on Saturday sworn in his ministers and their deputies three days after announcing a new cabinet at Dar es Salaam Magogoni State House.

The new ministers took oath of office at a ceremony attended by Vice President Samia Hassan Suluhu and Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa among other dignitaries in the capital Dar el Salaam.

Mwigulu Nchemba, former Deputy Minister, Finance, who becomes the minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, said shortly after taking oath that his ministry will make efficient use of land and review land laws to address widespread land disputes currently affecting Tanzanians.

Prof. Sospeter Muhongo who made a comeback as Minister for Energy and Minerals told reporters his main task is to ensure affordable and reliable electricity supply to all Tanzanians. “The immediate focus is to improve energy supply by improving power generation between 10,000 and 15, 000MW by the year 2025 to allow realize a middle income country status,” he said.

The energy minister added plans are underway to consider use of wind power, natural gas and coal to meet the demand.

Stella Manyanya, Education, Science Technology and Vocational Deputy Minister reiterated the president’s commitment on free education, saying the ministry will work around the clock with education development partners to improve the sector. “We will analyze all pending issues including unsettled teachers arrears, student challenges; books and desks as well as high education students’ loan facilities,” she stressed.

The newly nominated ministers and their deputies vowed to sustain the current efforts by President John Magufuli to fight rampant corruption in the East African state.

President Magufuli has earned himself admirers across Africa and beyond for instituting strict austerity measures to save public funds to deliver basic services to ordinary Tanzanians.