Zanzibar, 10 March 2022 (TDI): The country representative of UN Women in Tanzania, Hodan Addou, congratulated Saada Mkuya, and Riziki Pembe Juma for their respective appointments in the Tanzanian/Zanzibar Government. Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous region in Tanzania.


Mkuya is the Chair of the Association of Women Members of the Zanzibar House of Representatives. Mkuya received the appointment to be the Zanzibar Minister of State, Office of the President, Finance and Planning. On the other side, Juma’s new appointment is to be the Minister for Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children.

Addou extended best wishes for the two newly-appointed Ministers from the part of Un Women. She then added that the organization stands ready to support Juma in all efforts to advance women’s rights & gender equality.

The President of Zanzibar appointed four new Ministers and seven new Deputy Ministers. The first appointment was Jamal Kassim Ali as the Minister of State, Office of the President-State House.

Then the second appointment was Masoud Ali Mohammed as Minister of State, Office of the President Regional Administration, Local Government, and Special Departments of SMZ. Furthermore, the third one was Haroun Ali Suleiman as Minister of State, Office of the President, Constitution, Law, Personnel, and Good Governance.

Hamza Hassan Juma has become the Minister of State; Office of the Second Vice President in charge of Policy, Coordination, and House of Representatives. Then Simai Mohammed Said now becomes Minister of Tourism and Antiquities. Lela Muhamed Mussa received the nomination to be Minister of Education and Vocational Training.

Khalid Salum Mohamed became the Minister of Works, Communications, and Transport. Also, Suleiman Masoud Makame became the Minister in charge of  Blue Economy and Fisheries.

Shamata Shaame Khamis became the Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation, Natural Resources, and Livestock. Nassor Ahmed Mazrui became Minister of Health, and the other appointments were made by the Tanzanian government.


She studied in the Lumumba Secondary School and went to Stamford College in Malaysia; where she achieved her Diploma in Business Studies. Both studied in Tanzanian schools.

In 2012, Mkuya received a nomination to be a Member of Parliament under the presidency of Kikwete. She later was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Finance. Before the appointment, Saada was the Minister of State, Office of the First Vice President. That means that Saada was the first Vice President of Zanzibar.

Mkuya was also the Minister of Finance for Tanzania and upon her appointment in 2014; she became the second woman since the country’s independence to lead the Finance Ministry.


Riziki Pembe Juma was Minister of Lands and Housing Development. She was born on 08/02/1980. In 2008, she became a member of the Regional Conference, to pass through the house of representatives. Juma also passed through the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training of Zanzibar in 2016.

She obtained her bachelor’s degree in education at the State University of Zanzibar, and later enrolled in a master’s for arts at the University of Dar Esalaam.