Mizengo Pinda

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Mizengo Pinda
Mizengo Pinda, Prime Minister of Tanzania.jpg
9th Prime Minister of Tanzania
Incumbent
Assumed office
9 February 2008
President Jakaya Kikwete
Preceded by Edward Lowassa
Minister of State for Regional Administration and Local Government
In office
6 January 2006 – 9 February 2008
Prime Minister Edward Lowassa
Preceded by Hassan Ngwilizi
Succeeded by Stephen Wassira
Personal details
Born (1948-08-12) 12 August 1948 (age 66)
Rukwa, Tanganyika
(now Tanzania)
Political party Chama cha Mapinduzi
Spouse(s) Tunu Rehani
Children 4
Alma mater University of Dar es Salaam
Website Government website

Mizengo Kayanza Peter Pinda (born 12 August 1948) is a Tanzanian CCM politician who has been Prime Minister of Tanzania since 2008. He has also served as a Member of Parliament since 2000.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Pinda was born in the Rukwa Region.[2] He holds a degree in law from the University of Dar es Salaam, which he earned in 1974.[2][3]

He was Assistant Private Secretary to the President from 1982 to 1992 and Clerk to the Cabinet from 1996 to 2000. He was elected as a Member of Parliament for Mpanda East constituency in the 2000 general election, and he also became Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office for Regional Administration and Local Governments in 2000.[3] He was promoted to the rank of Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, while remaining in charge of regional administration and local governments, in the Cabinet named on January 4, 2006.[4]

President Kikwete shares a light moment with Prime Minister Pinda

Pinda was nominated as Prime Minister by President Jakaya Kikwete on February 8, 2008, after the resignation of Edward Lowassa over allegations of corruption. He was confirmed nearly unanimously by the Tanzanian parliament on the same day, with 279 votes in favor, two opposed, and one spoiled vote.[5] Pinda was sworn in as Prime Minister at Chamwino State House in Dodoma on February 9.[6] Kikwete announced the new Cabinet headed by Pinda on February 12; it was notably smaller than the previous Cabinet, with 26 ministers, as opposed to 29 in the previous Cabinet, and 21 deputy ministers, as opposed to 31 in the previous Cabinet.[7]

Amidst criticism and international concern about high levels of corruption in Tanzania, Pinda declared his assets on January 14, 2010. He said that he had "three small houses [and] no shares in any company", and that in his bank accounts he kept less than $20,000. Pinda also stated that his only car was "the one loaned to me as a Member of Parliament".[8]

On November 27 2014, Pinda is under pressure to resign over alleged fraudulent payments worth $120 million (£76m) to an energy firm and top officials.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Member of Parliament CV". Parliament of Tanzania. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Mizengo Kayanza Peter Pinda becomes new Tanzanian premier", African Press Agency, February 8, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Angel Navuri, "The new premier", Guardian, February 9, 2008.
  4. ^ Hassan Muhiddin, "JK’s beefed up team", Guardian, January 5, 2006.
  5. ^ "It is Pinda", Guardian, February 9, 2008.
  6. ^ Bilham Kimati and Angel Navuri, "Pinda sworn-in as PM", Sunday Observer, February 10, 2008.
  7. ^ "JK trims cabinet size", Guardian, February 13, 2008.
  8. ^ Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala, "Tanzanian leader declares assets", Reuters, 15 January 2010.
  9. ^ "Tanzania PM Mizengo Pinda caught in corruption row". BBC News. 27 November 2014. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Edward Lowassa
Prime Minister of Tanzania
2008–present
Incumbent