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Tanzania’s Magufuli unveils his Cabinet 30 days after taking Oath


Tanzania’s President John Magufuli on Saturday announced the appointment of 21 new ministers and 23 deputy ministers.

John Kijazi, the chief secretary, said in a statement that the President has also formed a new Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to be headed by Faustine Ndugulile.

Mr Kijazi said the recent appointment of Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, Palamagamba Kabudi, and Minister of Finance and Planning, Philip Mpango, remained intact, bringing the total number of ministers to 23.

According to the chief secretary, Magufuli appointed Elias John Kwandikwa as Minister for Defense and National Service. The ministerial post had remained vacant following the election of minister Hussein Ali Mwinyi as President of Tanzania’s Zanzibar in the October General Elections.

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Some of the new Cabinet faces are Kitila Mkumbo who heads the investment portfolio under the President’s Office, Innocent Bashungwa who becomes Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, and Dorothy Gwajima, a nominated MP who acts as Minister for Health.

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Also among them are Adolf Mkenda, Minister for Agriculture; Leonard Chamuriho (nominated MP), Minister for Works and Transport; and Geoffrey Mwambe, Minister for Industry and Trade.

Also in the list are Mashimba Ndaki, Minister for Livestock and Fisheries; Damas Ndumbaro, Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism; and Ummy Mwalimu, Minister of State in the Vice-President’s Office responsible for Union and Environment.

Others appointed are:


  1. President’s Office Good Governance and Public Services – George Mkuchika
  2. Lands, Housing and Human Settlement Development – William Lukuvi
  3. Water –Jumaa Aweso
  4. Prime Minister’s Office (Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled) – Jenista Mhagama
  5. Constitutional and Legal Affairs – Dr Mwigulu Nchemba
  6. Education, Science and Technology – Prof Joyce Ndalichako
  7. President’s Office Regional Administration and Good
  8. Governance – Selemani Jafo
  9. Energy – Medard Kalemani
  10. Minerals – Dotto Biteko
  11. Home Affairs – George Simbachawene


  1. Industry and Trade – Kigahe Laoneka
    Lands, Housing and Human Settlement Development – Dr Angeline Mabula
  2. PrimeMinister’s Office (Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled) – Patrobas Katambi
  3. Home Affairs – Khamis Hamza Khamis
  4. Finance and Planning – Mwanaidi Ali Khamis
  5. Education, Science and Technology – Kipanga Juma Omary
  6. President’s Office Regional Administration and Good Governance – Dr Festo Ndugange
  7. Energy – Steven Byabato
  8. President’s Office Good Governance and Public Services – Ndejembi John
  9. Communications and Information Communication Technology (ICT) – Kundo Mathew
  10. Livestock and Fisheries – Pauline Gekul
  11. Minerals – Francis Ndulane
  12. Works and Transport – Godfrey Kasekenya
  13. Prime Minister’s Office (People with Disability) – Ummy Nderinanga
  14. Water – Maryprisca Mahundi
  15. Information, Culture, Arts and Sports – Abdallah Ulega
  16. Vice President’s Office Union Affairs s and Environment – Mwita Waitara
  17. Foreign and East African Cooperation – William Olenasha
  18. Natural Resources and Tourism – Mary Masanja
  19. President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government – David Silinde
  20. Agriculture – Hussein Bashe
  21. Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly – Dr Godwin Mollel
  22. Constitutional and Legal Affairs – Geofrey Pinda

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