William Shija

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Dr William F. Shija
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Secretary General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
In office
1 January 2007 – 4 October 2014
Preceded byDenis Marshall
Member of Parliament
for Sengerema
In office
Succeeded byWilliam Ngeleja
Personal details
Born(1947-04-28)28 April 1947
Died4 October 2014(2014-10-04) (aged 67)
London, United Kingdom
Resting placeSengerema, Tanzania
Political partyCCM
Spouse(s)Getruda Peter Shija
Alma materHoward University (PhD)

William Ferdinand Shija (28 April 1947 – 4 October 2014) was a Tanzanian politician and the former Secretary General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association between 2007 and 2014. He had also served as a member of the African Union's Pan-African Parliament.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Before entering politics, Shilja worked as a civil servant and a teacher. After receiving higher education in India and the United States, he taught communications in Tanzania.


Shija was a member of the National Assembly of Tanzania from 1990 to 2005. During this time he held the positions of Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education; Minister for Information and Broadcasting; Minister for Energy and Minerals; and Minister for Industries and Trade. He was a member of the Pan-African Parliament in 2004 and 2005 and chaired the Committee on Education, Culture, Tourism and Human Resources.[2] He was appointed the first African Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association on September 9, 2006 and took up the position on January 1, 2007. His term lasted until 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Shija was married with five children. When he assumed the post of Secretary-General of the CPA, he lived in London.[2] Dr. Shija was a patron for a Welsh based charity that works extensively in Tanzania.[3]


He died on 4 October 2014 in London.[4][5] He was buried in his home village of Nyampande in Sengerema District, Mwanza Region.[6]


  1. ^ "Member of Parliament CV". Parliament of Tanzania. 2005. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b "News Release:Tanzanian to head Commonwealth organization". Archived from the original (PDF) on October 20, 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-18.
  3. ^ Rich. "home". Tools For Self Reliance Cymru. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  4. ^ "CPA Secretary-General Dr William F. Shija dies in London, UK" (PDF) (Press release). Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-06.
  5. ^ Raphaely, Lawrence (5 October 2014). "Shija is no more". Daily News. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  6. ^ Chacha, Emmanuel (14 October 2014). "Bilal leads hundreds in Shija farewell". The Citizen. Retrieved 15 October 2014.