Tanzanian President appoints new mining minister in mini-cabinet reshuffle

DAR ES SALAAM, Oct. 9– After over more than half a year,
Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Saturday appointed Angellah Kairuki as
new Minister for Minerals.

Kairuki replaced Sospeter Muhongo who was sacked in March after he was
implicated in the copper concentrates saga report. The report submitted to
the President revealed possible undeclared exports by mining companies to
evade tax. Mining accounts for about 4 percent of the East African
nation’s gross domestic product. Until her new appointment, Kairuki was
Minister of State in the President’s Office responsible for public service
management and good governance where she oversaw the sacking of over 9,000
public servants with fake academic credentials. Announcing the new
mini-cabinet reshuffle at State House in the commercial capital Dar es
Salaam, President Magufuli said he has split two ministries into four to
facilitate their management. He said the ministry of Energy and Minerals
has been separated into the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of
Minerals, naming Medard Kalemani as new minister for energy. Until his new
appointment Kalemani was Permanent Secretary for Energy and Minerals.

The President also separated the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and
Fisheries into the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Ministry of Livestock
and Fisheries. Magufuli said following the split of the two ministries,
the number of ministries has increased to 21 ministries from the previous
19 ministries. President Magufuli also dropped the Minister for Natural
Resources and Tourism, Jumanne Maghembe, who was replaced by Hamis
Kigwangala who was Deputy Minister for Health. President Magufuli will
swear in the newly appointed ministers at State House on Monday. – XINHUA