Dar es Salaam – Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan has appointed Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax as the country’s new Minister of Defence and National Service.
Dr Tax replaces Elias Kwandikwa, who died early August, the Directorate of Presidential Communications at State House said in a statement issued late Sunday.
Dr Tax, who becomes the country’s first female Defence Minister since Independence, also served as the first and only woman Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), an inter-governmental organisation established in 1992 to promote political, socio-economic and security co-operation and integration among its 16 members.
Her tenure of office as SADC Executive Secretary ended on August 31. – Xinhua