Tanzania has decided not to celebrate Independence Day this year so that $445k can be used to build dorms for schools. President Samia Hassan of Tanzania is in the news because she canceled the country’s Independence Day celebration for 2022.
Friday was supposed to be the day of the Independence Day party. Hassan, the country’s first female president, said that the $445,000 budget for the event should be used to build eight dorms for children with special needs in primary schools all over the country.
She said that the celebrations were too expensive for what they were, so she decided to use the money for a more important project. Samia Suluhu Hassan is the president of Tanzania. This is his life story.
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Samia Suluhu Hassan Biography
Samia Suluhu Hassan, who is the sixth and current president of Tanzania, was born in Makunduchi, an old town on Unguja island in the Sultanate of Zanzibar, on January 27, 1960. He is the first president of Tanzania who was born after independence.
She is a member of the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party, which is in power. She is the first female president of Tanzania and the third woman to lead the government of an East African Community (EAC) country after Sylvie Kinigi in Burundi and Agathe Uwilingiyimana in Rwanda.
Samia Hassan became the first woman to lead Tanzania after the death of President John Magufuli on March 17, 2021. She took over on March 19, 2021.
Samia Hassan finished high school in 1977. After high school, she worked as a clerk for the Ministry of Planning and Development, where she worked until she got her degree in public administration.
She got a job on a World Food Program-funded project and started working. After that, she took a few short courses on the side until 1986, when she got an advanced diploma in public administration from the Institute of Development Management, which is now Mzumbe University.
Samia Hassan went to the University of Manchester from 1992 to 1994, where she got a postgraduate diploma in economics. Through a joint program between the Open University of Tanzania and the Southern New Hampshire University, she would get her MSc in Community Economic Development in 2015.
She was born in Zanzibar and worked as a minister in the semi-autonomous region during the presidency of Amani Karume. From 2010 to 2015, she was the Member of Parliament for the Makunduchi constituency and the Minister of State in the Vice-Office President’s for Union Affairs. In 2014, she was elected Vice-Chairperson of the Constituent Assembly, which was in charge of writing the country’s new constitution.
After the general election in 2015, Samia Hassan became Tanzania’s first female vice president. She was elected on the CCM ticket with President Magufuli, and both Suluhu and Magufuli were re-elected for a second term in 2020.
Samia ran for public office for the first time in 2000. She was elected as a special seat member to the Zanzibar House of Representatives and made a minister by President Amani Karume. She was the only high-ranking woman minister in the cabinet and was “looked down on” by her male colleagues because she was a woman. She was re-elected in 2005 and made a minister in another portfolio.
Later, Samia ran for a seat in the National Assembly. In 2010, she ran for office in the Makunduchi parliamentary district and won by more than 80%. President Jakaya Kikwete then made her Minister of State for Union Affairs.
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Samia Hassan got married to Hafidh Ameir in 1978. Hafidh Ameir worked as an agricultural officer until 2014, when he retired. They have a daughter, Wanu Hafidh Ameir, who was born in 1982. The couple’s second child is going to take over a special seat in the Zanzibar House of Representatives.