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Benjamin Mkapa

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Prime Minister  Frederick Sumaye
Party  Chama Cha Mapinduzi
Political party  CCM
Spouse  Anna Mkapa
Nationality  Tanzanian
Succeeded by  Jakaya Kikwete
Preceded by  Ali Hassan Mwinyi
Name  Benjamin Mkapa

Vice President  Omar Ali Juma (1995–2001) Dr Ali Mohamad Shein (2001–05)
Born  12 November 1938 (age 77) Ndanda, Masasi, Tanganyika (1938-11-12)
Role  Former President of the United Republic of Tanzania
Previous office  President of the United Republic of Tanzania (1995–2005)
Education  Makerere University, Columbia University
Similar People  Ali Hassan Mwinyi, Jakaya Kikwete, Julius Nyerere, John Magufuli, Edward Lowassa

Other political affiliations  TANU

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Benjamin William Mkapa (born November 12, 1938) was the third President of Tanzania, in office from 1995 to 2005. He was also Chairman of the Revolutionary State Party (Chama Cha Mapinduzi, CCM).


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Mkapa was born in 1938 in Ndanda, near Masasi in southern Tanganyika. He graduated from Makerere University in Uganda in 1962 with a degree in English. He also attended Columbia University in 1963 and was awarded a master's degree in international affairs. Previous posts include being the administrative officer in Dodoma and the Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education. He also led the Tanzania mission to Canada in 1982 and to the United States from 1983 to 1984. He was the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1977 to 1980 and again from 1984 to 1990.

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In 1995, Mkapa was elected as President based on a popular anti-corruption campaign and the strong support of former president Julius Nyerere. Mkapa's anti-corruption efforts included creation of an open forum called the Presidential Commission on Corruption (Warioba Commission) and increased support for the Prevention of Corruption Bureau.

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Mkapa's second five-year term of office as President ended in December 2005. During this term in office, Mkapa privatized state-owned corporations and instituted free market policies. His supporters argued that attracting foreign investment would promote economic growth. His policies won the support of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund and resulted in the cancellation of some of Tanzania's foreign debts.


He has been criticized for some ineffectiveness of his anti-corruption efforts as well as for his lavish spending. He spent £15 million on a private presidential jet, as well as almost £30 million on military aviation equipment which experts deemed beyond the limited needs of the country's armed forces. It was over the latter purchase that British International Development Secretary Clare Short expressed public outrage, resulting in her becoming known as 'Mama Radar' in the Tanzanian press.

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Having left office due to a two-term limit, Mkapa is dogged by many accusations of corruption among them improperly appropriating to himself and his former finance Minister Daniel Yona the lucrative "Kiwira Coal Mine" in the southern highlands of Tanzania without following procedures. By privatizing the Kiwira Coal Mine to himself, he broke the Tanzanian constitution, which does not allow a president to do business at the state house.


He served as a Trustee of Aga Khan University from November 2007 until 2012.


Benjamin Mkapa Mkapa hands over 50 health workers houses
  • 2007: Jane Goodall Global Leadership Award
  • Eponyms

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  • Benjamini Mkapa hall in Mbeya city located in Sokomatola street.
  • Benjamini Mkapa road in Zanzibar, connecting Mtoni kidatu area to Abeid Aman Karume Airport via Daraja Bovu
  • Mkapa Bridge, the longest bridge in the country (970 metres)
  • Benjamin William Mkapa Pension Tower, one of the tallest buildings in the country
  • Benjamin William Mkapa Special Economic Zone
  • Mererani B W Mkapa Secondary School in Manyara Region
  • Benjamin William Mkapa High School in Dar es Salaam
  • References

    Benjamin Mkapa Wikipedia