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Tanzania gets a new tourism minister

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Tanzania gets a new tourism minister
Mrs. Shamsa Mwangunga was appointed Tuesday, February 12, (Today) evening

By APOLINARI TAIRO | Feb 13, 2008

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (eTN) - Tanzania, an upcoming African tourist destination has got a new tourism minister, Mrs. Shamsa Mwangunga who replaced the former minister in the same portfolio Professor Jumanne Maghembe in a major government shake up.

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete appointed Mrs. Mwangunga a new minister for Natural Resources and Tourism in his new cabinet to replace the old one he had dissolved last week after the resignation of former Tanzanian Prime Minister Edward Lowassa, who has been accused of office abuse.

Mrs. Mwangunga, a graduate engineer and business professional, was elevated to the full ministerial portfolio from a water junior minister. She had replaced Professor Maghembe, who was transferred to head the Ministry of Education.

President Kikwete, who seems to be tough to his ministers, dissolved his cabinet following resignation of the premier, who was accused of unaccountability during the signing of emergency power supply contract with one Texas-based company, Richmond Inc., that had attracted controversy in Tanzanian parliament over its business authenticity and ability to deliver.

The new tourism minister will oversee challenges in Tanzania’s fast growing tourist industry at the time that the East African partner state, Kenya, is facing political stalemate which had disrupted tourist flow in East Africa.

Tanzania is as well in preparation to host the 33rd Africa Travel Association (ATA) Congress and the Eighth Leon Sullivan Summit to take place in northern tourist city of Arusha in May and June this year. The ministry of Tourism is among key organizers of the two global gatherings.

She is the second lady minister to hold the full tourism ministerial portfolio after the former minister Mrs. Zakia Meghji who led the same ministry for ten years and succeeded to put Tanzania in the global tourism map.



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