Dr William F. Shija
|Secretary General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association|
1 January 2007 – 4 October 2014
|Preceded by||Denis Marshall|
|Member of Parliament |
|Succeeded by||William Ngeleja|
|Born||28 April 1947|
|Died||4 October 2014 (aged 67)|
London, United Kingdom
|Resting place||Sengerema, Tanzania|
|Spouse(s)||Getruda Peter Shija|
|Alma mater||Howard 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.
Early life and career
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. 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.
Shija was married with five children. When he assumed the post of Secretary-General of the CPA, he lived in London. Dr. Shija was a patron for a Welsh based charity that works extensively in Tanzania.
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