Jakaya Kikwete

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Dr Jakaya Kikwete
Jakaya Kikwete - Partnerships for Development - World Economic Forum on Africa 2011 - 2.jpg
4th President of Tanzania
Incumbent
Assumed office
21 December 2005
Vice President Ali M. Shein (2005–10)
Mohamed Bilal (2010–)
Prime Minister Edward Lowassa (2005–08)
Mizengo Pinda (2008–)
Preceded by Benjamin Mkapa
6th Chairperson of the African Union
In office
31 January 2008 – 2 February 2009
Preceded by John Kufuor
Succeeded by Muammar al-Gaddafi
11th Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
November 1995 – 21 December 2005
Preceded by Joseph Rwegasira
Succeeded by Asha-Rose Migiro
7th Minister of Finance
In office
1994–1995
Preceded by Kighoma Malima
Succeeded by Simon Mbilinyi
Member of Parliament
for Chalinze
In office
1995–2005
Succeeded by Ramadhani Maneno
Personal details
Born (1950-10-07) 7 October 1950 (age 63)
Msoga, Tanganyika
Nationality Tanzanian
Political party CCM
Other political
affiliations
TANU
Spouse(s) Salma Kikwete (m. 1989)
Children Eight
Residence Ikulu, Dar es Salaam
Alma mater University of Dar es Salaam
Profession Economist
Religion Islam
Military service
Allegiance United Republic of Tanzania
Service/branch Tanzanian Army
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Under his leadership, Tanzania received $698 million from the US government under the Millennium Challenge Corporation
President Kikwete shares a light moment with PM Pinda at the latter's hometown
Kikwete was the first African Head of State to meet President Obama in 2009

Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete (born 7 October 1950) is the 4th and current President of the United Republic of Tanzania. Prior to his election in 2005, he was the Minister of Foreign Affairs for ten years under his predecessor. He has also served as the Chairperson of the African Union in 2008/09 and the Chairman of the Southern African Development Community Troika on Peace, Defence and Security in 2012/13.

Education[edit]

Between 1959 and 1963, Kikwete went to Karatu Primary School in Tanzania before continuing with middle school education at Tengeru School from 1962 to 1965.[1] After Tengeru, Kikwete moved to Kibaha Secondary School for his O-levels, which took place between 1966 and 1969, and he remained at this school for his advanced level education.[1] He graduated from the University of Dar es Salaam in 1975 with a degree in economics.[1]

Leadership and political career[edit]

Kikwete was born at Msoga, located in the Bagamoyo District of Tanganyika, in 1950.

As a party cadre, Kikwete moved from one position to another in the party ranks and from one location to another in the service of the party. When TANU and the Zanzibar’s Afro-Shirazi Party (ASP) merged to form CCM in 1977, Kikwete was moved to Zanzibar and assigned the task of setting up the new party’s organisation and administration in the Islands. In 1980, he was moved to the headquarters as administrator of the Dar es Salaam Head Office and Head of the Defence and Security Department before moving again up-country to the regional and district party offices in Tabora Region (1981–84) and Singida Region and Nachingwea (1986–88) and Masasi District (1988) in the country's southern regions of Lindi and Mtwara respectively. In 1988 he was appointed to join the Central Government.

In 1994, at 44, he became one of the youngest Finance Ministers in the history of Tanzania. In December 1995, he became Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, being appointed by President Benjamin William Mkapaa of the third phase government. He held this post for ten years, until he was elected President of the United Republic of Tanzania in December 2005, hence becoming the country's longest serving foreign minister. During his tenure in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tanzania played a significant role in bringing about peace in the Great Lakes region, particularly in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Kikwete was also deeply involved in the process of rebuilding regional integration in East Africa. Specifically, several times, he was involved in a delicate process of establishing a Customs Union between the three countries of the East African Community (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania), where, for quite some time, he was a Chairman of East Africa Community’s Council of Ministers.

Kikwete also participated in the initiation, and became a Co-Chair, of the Helsinki Process on Globalisation and Democracy. On May 4, 2005, Kikwete emerged victorious among 11 CCM members who had sought the party's nomination for Presidential candidacy in the general election. After a 14 December 2005 multiparty general election, he was declared a winner by the Electoral Commission on December 17, 2005 and was sworn-in as the Fourth President of the United Republic of Tanzania on 21 December 2005.

On 26 May 2013, Kikwete said at a meeting of the African Union that if President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) could negotiate with the March 23 Movement (M23), President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda should be able to negotiate with the Allied Democratic Forces-National Army for the Liberation of Uganda and the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), respectively. In response, Museveni expressed his willingness to negotiate.[2]

Personal[edit]

Kikwete is an avid sports enthusiast and played basketball competitively in school. He has been a patron of the Tanzania Basketball Federation for the past 10 years.[1] He is married to Salma and they have nine children.[1]

As of 4 April 2013, Kikwete was the sixth most followed African leader on Twitter with 57,626 followers.[3]

Honours and awards[edit]

Honours[edit]

Order Country Year Ref
Order of the Pearl of Africa (Uganda) - ribbon bar.gif Most Excellent Order of the Pearl of Africa (Grand Master)  Uganda 2007 [4]
Order of the Green Crescent of Comoros - ribbon bar.png Order of the Green Crescent of the Comoros  Comoros 2009 [5]
Ordine del Re Abd al-Aziz.png Order of Abdulaziz Al Saud  Saudi Arabia 2009 [6]
JAM Order of Excellence sash ribbon.png Order of Excellence  Jamaica 2009 [7]
CivilOrderOman.gif Order of Oman (First Class)  Oman 2012 [8]

Awards[edit]

  • Sullivan Honor
  • 2007: The AAI African National Achievement Award (on behalf of Tanzania).[9]
  • 2009: US Doctors for Africa Award.[10]
  • 2011: Social Good Award from the United Nations Foundation[11]
  • 2011: South-South Award for Global Health, Technology and Development[12]
  • 2012: FANRPAN Policy Leadership Award from the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network.[13]
  • 2013: Africa's Most Impactful Leader of the Year[14]
  • 2014: Icon of Democracy Award, from The Voice Magazine (Netherlands)[15]

Honorary degrees[edit]

University Country Degree Year Ref
University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)  United States Honorary Doctor of Law 2006 [16][17]
Kenyatta University  Kenya Doctor of Humane Letters 2008 [18]
Fatih University  Turkey Doctorate in International Relations 2010 [19]
Muhimbili University  Tanzania Doctor of Public Health (Honoris Causa) 2010 [20]
University of Dodoma  Tanzania Honoris Causa 2010 [21]
University of Dar es Salaam  Tanzania Honorary Doctor of Law 2011 [22]
University of Guelph  Canada Honorary Doctor of Law 2013 [23][24]

Legacy[edit]

Eponyms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Biography: Jakaya Kikwete, NewsAfrica Magazine, retrieved 14 September 2012 
  2. ^ "Africa fights to free itself of malcontents", IOL News, reported by Peter Fabricius, 27 May 2013
  3. ^ President Mahama among top ten African Presidents most followed on Twitter, Ghana Business News, 4 April 2013 
  4. ^ "Museveni honours Nyerere". New Vision. 10 July 2007. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rais Kikwete, Jenerali Mwamunyange, Waziri Membe Watunukiwa Anjoun" [President Kikwete, General Mwamunyange, Minister Membe honoured in Anjoun] (in Kiswahili). Ikulu. 25 March 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "JK akiwa Saudia" [JK in Saudi Arabia] (in Kiswahili). Michuzi Blog. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "President Kikwete Awarded Order of Excellence". Jamaica Information Service. 26 November 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "HM confers Oman Civil Order on Tanzania leader". Oman News Agency. October 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "AAI’S 23RD Annual Gala Dinner". Africa-America Institute. 19 September 2007. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "US Doctors for Africa award goes to JK". IPP Media. 22 May 2009. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "Social Good Award". United Nations Foundation. September 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "South-South Awards Journal 2011" (PDF). southsouthawards.com. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "FANRPAN salutes the best in agriculture" (PDF). fanrpan.org. 19 September 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "Kikwete Receives Most Impactful Leader of Year Award". Daily News (Tanzania). 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  15. ^ "Big up for Kikwete as he lands top Africa democracy award". Daily News (Tanzania). 2014-07-31. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  16. ^ "President of Tanzania to speak here Sept. 28". University of St. Thomas (Minnesota). 25 September 2006. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  17. ^ Swallehe Msuya (30 September 2006). "Tanzania's president touts country's progress at St. Thomas appearance". Twin Cities Daily Planet. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  18. ^ "Kenyatta University Newsletter Vol. 4, Issue 15 (Special Graduation Edition)" (PDF). Kenyatta University. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  19. ^ "Honorary Doctorate to the president of Tanzania from our university" (Press release). Turkey: Fatih University. 19 February 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  20. ^ "MUHAS Annual Report 2010-2011" (PDF). Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences. 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  21. ^ "JK, late Kawawa honoured at UDOM colourful, maiden graduation". IPP Media. 27 November 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  22. ^ "JK atunukiwa udaktari wa sheria UDSM" [JK awarded docotorate of law at UDSM] (in Kiswahili). Michuzi Blog. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  23. ^ "U of G to Welcome Tanzanian President to Campus" (Press release). Guelph, Canada: University of Guelph. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  24. ^ President of Tanzania at War Memorial Hall on YouTube

Further reading[edit]

  • Nyang'oro, Julius E. (2011). JK: A Political Biography of Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, Inc. ISBN 1592217753. 

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