Former Tanzania Prime Minister Edward Lowasa passes on


Former Tanzania Prime Minister Edward Losawa has died aged 70.

According to the Tanzanian government, Lowasa died while receiving treatment at the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute in Dar es Salaam.

News of his demise was announced by Tanzania Vice President Dr Philip Mpango through the national television, TBC. 

He served as Tanzania Prime Minister from 2005 to 2008 under President Jakaya Kikwete.

He went into record as the first Prime Minister to have been forced to resign.

Lowasa unsuccessfully vied for the presidency in 2015 against John Magufuli of CCM.

He ran as an opposition candidate after the ruling CCM failed to select him as its candidate for the presidency

Born on August 24, 1953, Lowasa was  the fourth child of herdsman Ngoyai Lowassa who worked part-time for the colonial government.

He has a long-running history in both parliamentary and government affairs.

Lowasa previously served as Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office during President Ali Hassan Mwinyi’s second term.

In 1997, he was appointed Minister for State in the Vice President’s Office for Environment and Poverty.

In 2000, he was appointed Minister of Water and Livestock Development and in 2005 backed Kikwete for the presidency after failing to clinch CMM’s nomination in the 1995 elections.

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