Tanzania’s new Prime Minister Majaliwa Kassim Majaliwa told parliament Thursday that he had never expected such a thing to happen in his life.
President John Magufuli appointed Mr Majaliwa Thursday to end two weeks of speculation about the post.
Speaking to MPs after his endorsement, Mr Majaliwa said despite the surprise, he had received his appointment with both hands and he was ready to serve the nation and the people.
“I did not expect this thing to happen to me, and I was not prepared for anything but what I can say now is that I have welcomed it and I am ready to serve the nation,” said Mr Majaliwa.
A great trust
He expressed his gratitude to President Magufuli for showing a great trust in him.
“I would like to thank President Magufuli for choosing me from many, this means he trusts and believes in me, I promise to record a good performance in my duties,” he said.
Mr Majaliwa who will be sworn-in Friday at the Chamwino State Lodge, promised to work hard and cooperate with all MPs regardless of their political parties.
“I understand that this parliament is composed of MPs from different political parties, but still you all represent Tanzanians, I will therefore treat everybody with impartiality because we are all here to serve the public,” he said.
Mr Majaliwa was endorsed with a total of 258 votes or 73.5 per cent out of the 351 votes.
At least 2 votes were spoilt and 91 others, or 25.9 per cent were against the President’s choice.
Mr Majaliwa was born in December 22, 1960. He went to Mnacho Primary School in Lindi from 1970 to 1976.
From 1977 to 1980, Majaliwa joined Kigonsela Secondary School and later in 1991 to 1993, he studied at Mtwara Technical College.
The new Premier, joined the University of Dar es Salaam from 1994 to 1998 before pursuing postgraduate studies at Stockholm University in Sweden in 1999.
SOURCE: AFRICA REVIEW