Dar es Salaam. President Jakaya Kikwete has appointed Mr Wilson Masilingi as a new Tanzanian ambassador to the US.
Prior to the appointment which was made last Friday and announced by the State House yesterday Mr Masilingi was Tanzanian envoy to the Netherlands since 2013. He will also in the same capacity represent Tanzania’s interests to Mexico.
In Washington Mr Masilingi will fill a vacant place left by Ambassador Liberata Mulamula who was recently appointed as the permanent secretary of ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Mr Masilingi is a lawyer and veteran politician who formerly served as cabinet minister responsible for good governance.
To fill Mr Massilingi’s place president Kikwete appointed Ms Irene Kasyanju as the new ambassador to Netherlands. Before the appointment Ms Kasyanju served as the Director of the legal department of the ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
President Kikwete also appointed Lieutenant General Charles Makakala as the new Tanzanian ambassador to Zimbabwe. Before the appointment General Makakala served as the commandant of the National Defence College (NDC).
Meanwhile President Kikwete confirmed Mr James Masikitiko as the new Chief Executive of Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) after acting in the same post for some time.
Mr Masikitiko’s predecessor Mr Charles Ekelege was in August last year found guilty and sentenced to jail for three years for abuse of office. The Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court condemned Ekelege on three counts, each of which carried a one-year jail sentence. However, the sentences will run concurrently, meaning that he would spend only a year behind bars.
He was convicted of abusing his position and occasioning TBS a loss of $42,543 (over Sh68 million) by waiving 50 per cent of administrative fees that were supposed to be paid by Jaffar Mohamed Ali and Quality Motors. He did this on March 28, 2008 without consulting the TBS board of directors.