President carries out Cabinet reshuffle
Last month we reported that parliament had demanded the dismissal of the Attorney-General and two ministers over a report implicating public officials in a scandal involving fraudulent payments of at least $122 million in public funds known as the Tegeta escrow account scandal.
The ministers have now submitted their resignations and President Jakaya Kikwete has taken the opportunity to carry out a reshuffle of his Cabinet. The two ministers implicated covered the portfolios of Energy and Minerals and Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development. Two former Deputy Ministers have now been promoted into the Cabinet covering those portfolios and changes to nine other portfolios have taken place, largely by reshuffling existing ministers.
The list of the new Ministers as identified from various sources is as follows:
|George Simbachawene||Minister for Energy and Minerals|
|William Lukuvi||Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development|
|Ms. Jenista Mhagama||Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office for Policy,|
|Co-ordination and Parliamentary Affairs|
|Ms Mary Nagu||Minister of State in the President’s Office for Social Relations|
|Samuel Sitta||Minister of Transport|
|Dr Harrison Mwakyembe||Minister of East African Cooperation|
|Eng. Christopher Chiza||Minister of State Prime Minister’s Office (Investment and Empowerment)|
|Stephen Wasira||Minister of Agriculture, Food and Cooperatives|
|Ms Angela Kairuki||Minister of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development|
|Ms Ummy Mwalimu||Minister of Energy and Minerals|
|Stephen Masele||Minister of State in the Vice-President’s Office for Union Affairs|