Omar Ali Juma

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Dr Omar Ali Juma
7th Vice President of Tanzania
In office
23 November 1995 – 4 July 2001
PresidentBenjamin Mkapa
Preceded byCleopa Msuya
Succeeded byAli Mohamed Shein
3rd Chief Minister of Zanzibar
In office
25 January 1988 – 1 November 1995
PresidentIdris Abdul Wakil
Salmin Amour
Preceded bySeif Sharif Hamad
Succeeded byMohamed Gharib Bilal
Personal details
Born(1941-06-26)26 June 1941
Died4 July 2001(2001-07-04) (aged 60)
Political partyCCM

Dr. Omar Ali Juma (26 June 1941 in Chake-Chake, Pemba, Zanzibar – 4 July 2001 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) was Chief Minister of Zanzibar from 25 January 1988 to October 1995. From 1995 to 2001, he served as Vice President of Tanzania.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Attended primary school education between 1949 and 1957 at Chake-Chake Boys' School. From 1957 to 1960 he was at Euan Smith Secondary School (now Haile Selassie Secondary School) where he attained an Ordinary Level School Certificate. In 1960 he joined the Moscow State University and was awarded with an Advanced Level Certificate in 1962 and seven years later, at the same college, he attained a bachelor's degree in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. For a year from 1969 he was at Cairo University for a post graduate certificate in Animal Production and Health. In 1976 he attended a one-year course for a Postgraduate Diploma in Tropical Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. In 1982 he joined the University of Florida in the United States for a short course in Veterinary Science and two years later he attended University of Reading for a Livestock Economics course from which he joined the Kivukoni Ideological College in Tanzania.[citation needed]


  • 1967-1969 Assistant Veterinary Officer, Zanzibar
  • 1969-1970 Veterinary Officer in charge of Pemba
  • 1970-1971 Senior Veterinary Officer
  • 1971-1972 Livestock Officer
  • 1972-1978 Chief Veterinary Officer
  • 1978-1984 Director, Livestock Department
  • 1984-1988 Principal Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development
  • 1988-1995 Chief Minister, Zanzibar Revolutionary Government
  • 1995-2001 Elected Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania


  1. ^ "Political Leaders:Tanzania".