Kassim Majaliwa

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Kassim Majaliwa
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10th Prime Minister of Tanzania
Assumed office
20 November 2015
PresidentJohn Magufuli
Samia Suluhu
Preceded byMizengo Pinda
Deputy Minister of State for Regional Administration and Local Government
In office
November 2010 – 5 November 2015
PresidentJakaya Kikwete
Prime MinisterMizengo Pinda
Member of Parliament
for Ruangwa
Assumed office
November 2010
District Commissioner for Urambo
In office
PresidentJakaya Kikwete
Personal details
Born (1961-12-22) 22 December 1961 (age 60)
Ruangwa District, Lindi Region, Tanganyika
(now Tanzania)
Political partyCCM
Alma materThe Mtwara TTC
The University of Dar es Salaam
The Stockholm University (PGDP)
ProfessionTeacher (1988–2000)
Military service
Allegiance United Rep. of Tanzania
Branch/serviceNational Service
Military campMakutopora JKT
Duration1 year

Kassim Majaliwa Majaliwa (born 22 December 1961) is a Tanzanian politician who has been Prime Minister of Tanzania since 2015. He was appointed by President John Magufuli after the 2015 general election. He is a member of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi party and has been a Member of Parliament for Ruangwa constituency since 2010.

Background and education[edit]

Majaliwa was born into a Muslim family on December 22, 1961. He completed his schooling from Kigonsera Secondary School in 1983. He then worked as teacher for sixteen years until 1999. Meanwhile, he obtained a teaching diploma from Mtwara Teacher Training College in 1993 and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Dar es Salaam in 1998. He then joined the trade union movement and served as district secretary and regional secretary in the Tanzania Teachers' Association between 1999 and 2006. He was tapped to become the district commissioner for Urambo district in 2006. He remained in this role until his election to Parliament in 2010.[1]

Political career[edit]

Majaliwa was first elected to Parliament in the 2010 general election on the Chama Cha Mapinduzi ticket from Ruangwa. He was Deputy Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office for Regional Administration and Local Government from 2010 to 2015.[1]

In the 2015 general election, Majaliwa was reelected from Ruangwa, defeating Omari Makota of the Civic United Front by a margin of 31,281 to 25,536 votes.[2]

After John Magufuli was sworn in as President of Tanzania following the 2015 general election, he appointed Majaliwa as Prime Minister on 19 November 2015.[3] His appointment was a surprise, even to himself, given he was a relative newcomer to electoral politics. His selection was attributed to his humility, honesty, work ethic as well as regional considerations - the new Prime Minister was expected to be from the southern part of the country, where Majaliwa is from. His experience in education as a teacher, trade unionist and deputy minister was also expected to be an asset in President Magufuli's stated desire to reform the sector. The opposition criticized his selection, citing his lack of experience.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b "Profile:Hon. Kassim Majaliwa Majaliwa". Parliament of Tanzania. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Tanzania Parliamentary Results 2015" (PDF). National Election Commission Tanzania. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 November 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  3. ^ Louis Kolumbia (20 November 2015). "Majaliwa sworn in as Prime Minister". The Citizen. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Why Majaliwa landed PM's post". The Citizen. 20 November 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  5. ^ Peter Clottey (19 November 2015). "Tanzania Parliament Approves New Prime Minister". Voice of America. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
Political offices
Preceded by Prime Minister of Tanzania