Zitto Kabwe

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Zitto Kabwe
Zitto Kabwe 2011.jpg
Leader of the Alliance for Change and Transparency
Assumed office
March 2015
Member of Parliament
for Kigoma Urban/Kigoma Ujiji (october 2015)
In office
December 2005 – 20 March 2015(Kigoma North)
Personal details
Born (1976-09-24) 24 September 1976 (age 42)
Political partyACT Wazalendo (2015–)
CHADEMA (1992–2015)
Alma materUniversity of Dar es Salaam
Bucerius Law School (MLB)
WebsiteOffice Holder Website

Zitto Zuberi Ruyagwa Kabwe was born on 24 September 1976 in the village of Mwandiga, Kigoma district, Tanzania.[1] He is popularly known as Zitto Kabwe, and is a Tanzanian politician.[2] He was a member of the opposition party, Chadema, from 1992 until his expulsion in March 2015. He served as a two term Member of Parliament for the Kigoma North constituency from 2005 to 2015.[3]

He was also the Chairman of the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) as well as the chair of the parliamentary standing committee where he oversaw more than 250 State Owned Companies.[4]

On 19 March 2015, he officially joined the Alliance for Change and Transparency and serves as its leader.


Personal life[edit]

Zitto Kabwe was born in Mwandiga, Kigoma. His mother, Shida Salum Mohammed had 10 children, six girls and 4 boys.[5] On June 14, 2014, Kabwe's mother died in Dar es Salaam after years of suffering from cervical cancer. At the time of her death, she was the chairperson for Chama cha Watu Wenye Ulemavu wa Viungo (CHAWATA).[6] Now married Kabwe is the father of a son named Wiza-Chachage and daughter Josina-Machel.[7]


Kabwe joined Kigoma Primary School in 1984 and sat for the CPEE in 1990. He went on to advance to Kigoma Secondary School in 1991 and was enrolled there until 1994. In 1994 he transferred to Kibohehe Secondary School where he sat for his CSEE in 1995 and went on to proceed to Galanos Secondary School for the 1996 academic year. In 1997 he joined Tosamaganga Secondary School and sat for his ACSEE in 1998.[8]

In 1999 Kabwe joined the University of Dar es Salaam and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 2003. After working for 6 years, Zitto enrolled at Bucerius Law School located in Hamburg, Germany where he graduated with a Master of Law and Business degree (MLB) in 2010.[9]

In 2011 Zitto Kabwe enrolled as a PhD student at the Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, Germany.


As the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Mr. Kabwe campaigned for a strong conflict of interest code as a measure to fight corruption by public office holders. He served as a bridge between political parties, parliamentarians and civil society organizations so that they could act together on matters of national interests.[10]

The Mining Act of 2010[edit]

Zitto Kabwe is strongly associated with the passage of the Mining Act, 2010, Cap 123. Kabwe was involved in cross-party negotiation and consultation with civil society as the law was drafted and considered. The act came in the wake of public concerns that Tanzania was getting meager royalties from the mining sector. The act places mining rights in the hands of Tanzanian nationals and required mining companies to list with the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange. The mining act also restricted participation of non-Tanzanians in small scale mining, dealing in minerals and gemstone operations.[11]


  1. ^ "Zitto Zuberi Kabwe: Mgombea ambaye hatagombea, mhanga wa mafanikio yake". raiamwema.com. 19 November 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Member of Parliament CV". Parliament of Tanzania. 2010. Archived from the original on November 3, 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Barua yangu ya kujiuzulu ubunge". zittokabwe.wordpress.com. 20 March 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  4. ^ "The Hon. Mr. Zitto Zuberi Kabwe MP". pncp.net. 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  5. ^ "SO9E11 with Zitto Kabwe" (Interview) (in Swahili). Interviewed by Salama Jabir. Dar es Salaam: Mkasi. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Walemavu toeni maoni yenu kuhusiana na katiba Warioba alonga". woindeshizza.blogspot.com. 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Zitto amwanika mwanaye". globalpublishers. 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Member Of Parliament CV - Hon Zitto Kabwe" Archived November 3, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., United Republic of Tanzania, 2010-2015.
  9. ^ "Member of Parliament CV". Parliament of Tanzania. 2010. Archived from the original on November 3, 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  10. ^ "The Hon. Mr. Zitto Zuberi Kabwe MP". pncp.net. 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Implication of the new mining law on investment in Tanzania" (PDF). africalegalnetwork.com. 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2015.

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