Former executive Director of UN-HABITAT, Mrs Anna Tibaijuka, has been appointed the Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlements for the Republic of Tanzania.
Mrs Tibaijuka retired from the UN in August this year after heading up the Human Settlements Programme, and previously the Commission for Human Settlements, for ten years.
In October, she was elected unopposed to parliament in her home country of Tanzania and was expected to be included in the new cabinet after Mr Kikwete’s re-election to the Presidency on October 31.
The new Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, Dr Joan Clos, who was attending a meeting in Mali, said he was delighted by the news.
“I and all the staff at UN-HABITAT sincerely congratulate Anna Tibaijuka on her appointment. I cannot think of a more suitable person for the job. Mrs Tibaijuka has fought tirelessly for the past ten years to raise the profile of urban development issues and plight of slum dwellers in Africa and around the world. Now she will continue this good work in Tanzania. And UN-HABITAT is pleased that this also means we will have the opportunity to work with her in the future.”