Angellah Kairuki

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Angellah Kairuki

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Minister of Mining
Assumed office
9 October 2017
PresidentJohn Magufuli
Preceded bySospeter Muhongo
Minister of State in the President’s Office
In office
12 December 2015 – 7 October 2017
Serving with George Simbachawene
PresidentJohn Magufuli
Succeeded bySelemani Jafo
Member of Parliament
Assumed office
November 2010
ConstituencyNone (Special Seat)
Personal details
Born (1976-09-10) 10 September 1976 (age 42)
Political partyCCM
Spouse(s)Mbelwa Kairuki
Alma materUniversity of Hull (LL.B)
Staffordshire University (PgDL)

Angellah Jasmine Mbelwa Kairuki (born 10 September 1976) is a Tanzanian politician belonging to the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi party and a special seat Member of Parliament since 2010. She is the current Minister of Mining. She previously served as Deputy Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlement as well as Constitutional and Legal Affairs. Prior to joining politics, she worked as a lawyer in both public and private sectors.[1]


Kairuki was born on September 10, 1976. She completed her schooling from the Zanaki Girls Secondary School in 1997. She received her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Hull in England in 2001. She went to finish a post-graduate diploma in Law from the Staffordshire University in collaboration with Central Law Training in 2002. She worked in the Attorney General's chambers as a legal secretary and lawyer between 2004 and 2008. Kairuki then moved to the private sector as Head of Department of the Ethics, Compliance and Governance at VODACOM Group PTY.[2]

Political career[edit]

Kairuki first took on a political role in 2007 when she became a member of the General Council of the women's wing of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party and still continues in this role. Since 2010, she is a member of the party's National Executive Council.[2]

In 2010, Kairuki became a Member of Parliament for CCM when she was appointed to a special seat reserved for women. She was the Vice Chairperson of the parliamentary Constitution, Legal affairs and Governance Committee between 2010 and 2012. Her first ministerial role was as a Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Justice and Constitution Affairs, which she served in between 2012 and 2015. In 2015, she was named the Deputy Minister of Land, Housing and Human Settlement Development.[2] After the 2015 elections, the new President John Magufuli inducted Kairuki into the Cabinet as one of two Ministers in the President's Office responsible for Public Service Management and Good Governance.[3]

In 2011, she was selected to represent Tanzania in the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and became a member of IPU's Human Rights Committee.[4] She was cited as one of '20 Young Power African Women' in 2013 by Forbes magazine.[5]

In 2015 she signed an open letter organized by the ONE Campaign, along with a number of prominent women. The letter was addressed to Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and the Chairperson of the African Union Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, urging them to focus on women, to set the priorities in development funding before a main UN summit in September 2015 that will establish new development goals for the generation.[6]


  1. ^ Reuters (7 October 2017). "President Magufuli splits energy and mining ministry in cabinet shake-up". The EastAfrican Quoting Reuters. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Profile: Hon. Angellah Jasmine Mbelwa Kairuki". Parliament of Tanzania. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  3. ^ Rose Athumani (December 11, 2015). "New lean Union cabinet unveiled". Daily News. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  4. ^ "Case Studies: Angellah Kairuki". African Leadership Institute. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  5. ^ Nsehe, Mfonobong (December 4, 2013). "The 20 Young Power Women In Africa 2013". Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  6. ^ Tracy McVeigh. "Poverty is sexist: leading women sign up for global equality | Life and style". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-05-08.

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