Tanzania’s Speaker of Parliament Job Ndugai has resigned on Thursday January 6, He resigned from the position following recent public fallout with President regarding the nation’s debt.
Job Ndugai Ajiuzu Uspika wa Bunge, Spika wa Bunge ajiuzulu, Job Ndugai Ajiuzu, Speker wa Bunge la Tanzania, Ndugai ajiuzulu nafasi yake, Job Ndugai leo 6 January 2022, Tanzania Government
Ndugai in a statement said he had written to CCM’s General, saying that it was a personal decision which had taken into account national interests. He also said that a copy had been submitted to the National Assembly Clerk for the procedures of getting another speaker according the constitution.
“ I take this opportunity to give my sincerely gratitude to my fellow member of parliaments, President Samia Suluhu Hassan and the whole government in general, Kongwa residents and all Tanzanians for the support you gave me for the time I was the Speaker of The National Assembly,” reads the part of the letter.
Ndugai who assumed the position on November 17, 2015 is the first the Speaker to resign while in office in the Tanzania history.
On Monday, Ndugai issued a public apology to President Samia Suluhu Hassan following claims he made earlier last week that Tanzania risks being auctioned due to rising national debt.
However the apology was not accepted by the president.
Speaking on Tuesday, President Hassan, who doubles as the ruling CCM’s Chairperson while addressing her Cabinet ministers, regional commissioners as well as regional chairpersons of the ruling CCM on Tuesday said what was happening had everything to do with the next elections.
“That is what is going on. It is inconceivable that the head of one of the pillars of the State can stand up and say what he said. It all has everything to do with 2025,” President Hassan said.
Job Ndugai Ajiuzulu Nafasi ya Uspika
Mr. Job Yustino Ndugai (born 21 January 1963) is a Tanzanian politician who has been Speaker of the National Assembly of Tanzania since November 2015. Previously he was Deputy Speaker from 2010 to 2015.
He was educated at Matare Primary School, Kibaha Secondary School and Old Moshi High School.
He has served as the member of parliament for the Kongwa constituency since 2000. Ndugai was named as the most active MP in the 9th Tanzanian Parliament.
Ndugai was Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly from 2010 to 2015. He was elected as Speaker of the National Assembly on 17 November 2015. He received 254 out of 365 votes, while opposition candidate Goodluck ole Medeye, a CHADEMA MP, received 109 votes, and there were two spoilt votes.
Ndugai has been involved in several controversies. In early May 2021, he refused to expel MPs who had been expelled from the opposition party, in a move seen as blatantly partisan. In June 2021, he ordered a female MP to leave parliament for wearing “strange” clothes. The MP was in fact wearing business pants, and the Speaker’s move was widely seen as exposing the Tanzanian parliament, and the entire country, to ridicule by seeking to enforce a standard of dress that was both discriminatory and disconnected from modern realities.
Past speakers of the national assembly since independence
Adam Sapi Mkwawa – November 27, 1962 – November 19, 1973
Erasto Andrew Mbwana Mang’enya –November 20 1973 – November 5, 1975
Adam Sapi Mkwawa November 6, 1975 –April 25, 1994
Pius Msekwa – April 1994 – November 28, 2005
Samuel Sitta – December 28, 2005 – 2010
Anne Makinda –November 10, 2010 – November 16, 2015
Job Ndugai November 17, 2015 –January 6, 2022