Dar es Salaam. President John Magufuli has appointed former President Jakaya Kikwete as the Chancellor of the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM).
A statement by the Directorate of Presidential Communications on Thursday said the appointment was with effect from January 17, this year.
Mr Kikwete takes over from Fulgence Kazaura who died in 2014. He becomes the fifth Chancellor of UDSM.
Kazaura was appointed to the position in 2005 . He took over after the death of Paul Bomani.
Since its inception, UDSM has been under the leadership of a number of dignitaries.
Initially, the President of the United Republic was de facto Chancellor. In 2003, amendments were made, and the President was empowered to appoint an able citizen to hold the position.
Chancellors who have led the university include founding President Julius Nyerere who held the position from 1970 to 1985. He was succeeded by then President Ali Hassan Mwinyi from 1985 to 1993. Bomani took over the position from 1993 to 2005.