Browsing: Diplomacy in Tanzania

Tanzania has lost a vibrant development champion, energetic politician and a great diplomat, Benjamin William Mkapa—the third President of Tanzania. The tragic news of his passing came to the public via the Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) where the current President John Magufuli told the nation Mkapa died at a Dar es Salaam hospital, on the night of July 23.

“Our beloved Benjamin William Mkapa, the third president has passed away at a Dar es Salaam hospital where he was admitted,” President Magufuli said.

The late president was in office from 1995 to 2005, whereby during his tenure, Mkapa became an important figure in Tanzania politics and development horizon, by rolling in rather vital and strategic policies and initiatives to streamline Tanzania’s economic vision.

As a journalist, diplomat and a well-groomed politician under the late Julius Nyerere, Mkapa came to office with a clear-cut goal to eliminate corruption—leading to the creation …