Stephen Wasira

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Stephen Wasira
Wasira pic 2012.jpg
Minister of State for Social Relations and Co-ordination
In office
28 November 2010 – 5 November 2015
President Jakaya Kikwete
State Minister in the PM's Office for Local Govt. and Regional Admin.
In office
13 February 2008 – 28 November 2010
Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda
4th Minister of Water
In office
6 January 2006 – 13 February 2008
President Jakaya Kikwete
Member of Parliament
In office
December 2005 – July 2015
Preceded by Tembe Nyaburi
Succeeded by Ester Bulaya
Personal details
Born 1945 (age 71–72)
Bunda, Tanganyika
Nationality Tanzanian
Political party CCM
Alma mater American University

Stephen Masato Wasira (born 1945) is a Tanzanian CCM politician and Member of Parliament for Bunda constituency since 2005. He has been Minister of State in the President's Office for Social Relations and Coordination since 2010.[1]


Wasira addressing a political gathering

Wasira served as Deputy Minister of Agriculture in the first phase Government under President Julius Nyerere and also served as the Deputy Minister for Local Government and later as the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Development under second phase President Ali Hassan Mwinyi.

He was appointed as Minister of Water on January 4, 2006, when Jakaya Kikwete, who had been elected President, named his new cabinet.[2] He was then moved to the position of Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives on October 15, 2006,[3] and on February 12, 2008, he was named Minister in the Prime Minister's Office for Regional Administration and Local Government.[4]

On November 24, 2010, Wasira was named Minister of State in the President's Office for Social Relations and Coordination in the newly formed cabinet after the October 2010 elections.[5]

Within the ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi, he is currently a member of the 370-member National Executive Committee (NEC), the highest policy and decision-making body of the ruling party. He has been serving in this position since 2007. In November 2012, he was overwhelmingly re-elected by the party's National Congress to serve another five-year term. [6] Also, in 2011, he was elected a member of the party's powerful 28-member Central Committee (CC) [7] He continues to be a member of the Central Committee after being re-elected in February 2013.[8]



  1. ^ "Member of Parliament CV". Parliament of Tanzania. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Hassan Muhiddin, "JK’s beefed up team", The Guardian (IPP Media), January 5, 2006, retrieved January 5, 2006.
  3. ^ "Kikwete reshuffles Cabinet", Guardian (IPP Media), October 16, 2006.
  4. ^ Angel Navuri, "JK trims cabinet size", Guardian (IPP Media), February 13, 2008.
  5. ^ Leonard Mwakalebela, "New Cabinet at last", Daily News (Daily News Group), November 25, 2010.
  6. ^ Dickson Ng'hily, "CCM`s new line-up in place", The Guardian (IPP Media), November 14 2012 retrieved February 12, 2013.
  7. ^ Christopher Majaliwa, "CCM unveils new leadership", Daily News (TSN), April 11 2011 retrieved February 12, 2013.
  8. ^ Frank Kimboy, "JK:This is CCM’s winning lineup", The Citizen (Mwananchi Communications), February 12, 2013 retrieved February 12, 2013.

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