Rashidi Kawawa

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Rashidi Kawawa
1st Prime Minister of Tanzania
In office
2 March 1972 – 13 February 1977
President Julius Nyerere
Succeeded by Edward Sokoine
2nd Prime Minister of Tanganyika
In office
22 January 1962 – 8 December 1962
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Julius Nyerere
Personal details
Born (1926-05-27)27 May 1926
Matepwende, Tanganyika
Died 31 December 2009(2009-12-31) (aged 83)
Dar es Salaam
Nationality Tanzanian
Political party CCM
Other political
Tanganyika African National Union
Children Vita Kawawa
Nickname(s) Simba wa Vita (the Lion of War)

Rashidi Mfaume Kawawa (27 May 1926 – 31 December 2009) was the Prime Minister of Tanganyika in 1962 and of Tanzania in 1972 to 1977.[1] He was the effective ruler of the country from January to December 1972 while Julius Nyerere toured the countryside. Kawawa was a strong advocate of economic statism. He later served as Defense Minister from 1977 to 1980.

After his retirement, Kawawa remained a behind-the-scenes influence in Tanzanian politics. Kawawa died on 31 December 2009 in Dar es Salaam at the age of 83.[1]

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