Magufuli appoints lean Cabinet of 19, bans ministers’ retreat to cut costs

What you need to know:

  • Announcing the new Cabinet at State House on Wednesday, Dr Magufuli said he decided to merge some of the ministries in line with his cost-cutting philosophy.
  • The new faces in the cabinet include Dr Augustine Mahiga (Foreign Affairs), Nape Nnauye (Information), Anastazia Wambura.
  • The number of ministers and their deputies has been cut by nearly a half from 60, which was announced by former President Jakaya Kikwete when he took office in 2005.
  • The new team announced yesterday includes 11 ministers who were in previous administration. Eight women were appointed.
  • The president left four dockets vacant: Finance and Planning; Education, Science and Technology; Works, Transport and Communication and Natural Resources and Tourism ministry.

DAR ES SALAAM, Thursday

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