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Tanzania’s former first lady sworn in to parliament


Former President Jakaya Kikwete with his wife Salma Kikwete at the swearing in ceremony. Picture Courtesy

Tanzania’s former first lady Salma Kikwete was sworn in to parliament after being nominated by the President John Magufuli as Member of Parliament of the United Republic of Tanzania on March 1, this year, reports the Daily News.

Salma Kikwete is the ninth presidential nominee in the House. Mrs. Kikwete made history in the East African nation for being the first, First Lady to become an MP time since Tanzania gained independence in 1961.

The wife of former President Dr. Jakaya Kikwete was cheered on by the parlimane as she took her vows before the speaker of parliament. Her husband, who was present in parliament, received a standing ovation from all lawmakers in the August House, immediately after being introduced by the Speaker, Mr Job Ndugai.

Ms. Kikwete who is representing people from Lindi region, the coastal line of Tanzania, expressed commitment in serving her people, focusing on the disbursement of funds for Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF)  poor families.

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