• Sat. Apr 17th, 2021
Samia Suluhu: first female president in Tanzania

Samia Suluhu sworn in as the sixth president of the United Republic of Tanzania. This occurs after the death of President John Pombe Magufuli.

Salim Suluhu the Tanzania President
Salim Suluhu the Tanzania President

She was born on 27 January  1960 in Zanzibar. She completed her secondary education in 1997 and also began working. Subsequently, she pursued a number of short courses on a part-time basis. She later joined Mzumbe University and graduated with an advanced diploma in public administration in 1986.

Samia Suluhu Political Journey

In 2000 she joined politics. She got elected as a member of the Zanzibar House of Representatives for a special seat. Her political career elevated in 2010. In 2010 she became an Mp representative Makunduchi

Read also: Magufuli final journey

According to the Tanzania constitution, when the president’s seat becomes vacant the vice president takes over. He or she then becomes the president for the unexpired period of the term.

She was first elected as Magufuli running mate in 2015. She leaped over several other more prominent politicians in the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM). Samia re-elected last year along with him and according to the constitution. Therefore, she should serve out of the rest of the five-year term in the top job.  She henceforth becomes the first East African female president.

Samia Suluhu: first female president in Tanzania
Samia Suluhu: first female president in Tanzania

Among those in attendance at a low-key ceremony was chief justice Ibrahim Juma. He administered the oath and a host of few cabinet ministers. After her swearing-in, she presided over a military function. Her 21 gun salute ushered as the Tanzania national anthem played in the background. The military officers dropped in their ceremonial uniforms.

President Suluhu’s expectation is to hold her first cabinet meeting. She later consults her party on who will be the deputy president. She takes over from John Magufuli who succumbed to heart failure on Wednesday, as she announced on state broadcaster TBC.