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Hon. Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete

Service History:
2005 - 2015 (President of the United Republic of Tanzania)

Personal Detail
Birth Date: 1950-10-07
Birth Place: Msoga, Pwani

Marital Status: Married



Description


Early life and Career.

President Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete was born at Msoga village, Chalinze in Bagamoyo district on 7th October, 1950 and attended primary and Middle School at Msoga and St. John Bosco Lugoba between 1958 and 1965. He also got his Secondary School education at Kibaha (1966 – 1969) and Tanga (1970 – 1971).

He graduated from the University of Dar es Salaam in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree. In 1976 he joined the Tanzania Military Academy, Monduli and was commissioned to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and later became a chief instructor at the Monduli political College.

Political Experience.

Hon. Dr. Kikwete has held different positions with the ruling party CCM in Singida and Tabora regions as well as in Nachingwea and Masasi districts.   In 1988 he was appointed Member of Parliament and Deputy Minister of Energy and Minerals. In 1990 he was elected Member of Parliament for Bagamoyo constituency from 1990 to 1995 and was appointed Minister for Water, Energy and Minerals. Also Dr. Kikwete was a Minister for Finance in 1994 and Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation from 1995 to 2005 when he was elected the President of the United Republic of Tanzania.

Other posts held by President Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete are the Chairperson of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) for 2010-2011 ,the Chairperson of the East African Community (EAC), the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) in 2008 and Co-Chair of the Helsinki Process on Globalisation and Democracy in 2004. Other positions held include also the Chairperson of the Council of Ministers of the Southern African Development Community  (SADC) in 2004, and the Chairperson of the Council of Ministers of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1997. Also he held the position of the Chairperson of the Council of Ministers of the East African Community (EAC) in 1997, the chairperson of the Group of 77 in 1997 and  the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the East African Development Bank (EADB ) in 1995.

Honorary Degrees:

  • Honorary Doctorate  in Law from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 2011
  •  Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Science, Doctor of Public Health (Honoris Causa), December 2010.
  • Honorary Doctorate (Doctor Honoris Causa) from Dodoma University, Tanzania, November 2010.
  • February, 2010  Honorary Doctorate in International Relations from  Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • December, 2008 Honorary Doctorate  in Humane Letters from Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya
  • September, 2006 Honorary Doctorate in Law from St.Thomas Minneapolis, Minesotta, United States of America.
 
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