Tanzania's President Suluhu picks Finance minister Philip Mpango for VP


Tanzania Finance and Planning minister Philip Mpango. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan has picked Finance Minister Philip Mpango for vice president.

She has submitted his name to parliament for approval. According to the constitution, a VP nominee has to be approved by at least 50 per cent of the members of Parliament.

The position, which fell vacant after Ms Suluhu was sworn in as President following the death of John Pombe Magufuli, should be filled within 14 days of the vacancy.

President Suluhu took her oath of office on March 19, meaning that she has until this Friday to appoint a VP.

Dr Mpango, 63, has been the Minister for Finance and Planning since November 2015.

He previously held positions as the acting Commissioner General of the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), the Executive Secretary in the President’s Office (Planning Commission), the Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance & Economic Affairs, and the personal assistant to the President (Economic Affairs).

He has also worked as the head of the President’s Economic Advisory Unit, and as a senior economist for the World Bank.