Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan has appointed a woman, including Stergomena Lawrence Tax, as Minister of Defence and National Service. A first in this East African country.
The very first female defence minister was appointed in Tanzania. This is Stergomena Tax, who now heads the Ministry of Defence and National Service, succeeding Elias Kwandikwa, who passed away last month. Until recently, the new Defence Boss was the Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), a position she had held since 2013.
For a first-rate stature, Stergomena Tax is not at its best. The first woman to serve as Minister of Defence since Tanzania’s independence, was also the first and only Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community. His term as Executive Secretary of SADC ended on 31 August.
Silvio Mnyifuna, a local political commentator contacted by Anadolu welcomes the decision of the Tanzanian President to place a woman of the calibre of Stergomena Tax this strategic post. I think it is well placed to combat regional terrorism. She can effectively use her eyes and ears to see enemies from inside and out,” he said.
Aware that Tanzania is a military superpower in the region that can bring its expertise in the fight against terrorism, Silvio Mnyifuna continues that Lawrence Tax is very good in participatory leadership. I think it can partner with other regional leaders to ensure that peace and security prevail.”
At the beginning of August, Tanzania and Rwanda signed four bilateral agreements during the visit of Tanzanian President Samia Suhulu to Kigali. The first agreement covers cooperation in the field of information and communication technologies, the second focuses on cooperation in the fields of immigration, the third agreement focuses on education and the fourth agreement deals with the regulation of medical products.
Source : AfriK.com