Thursday, November 1, 2018


The Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and EAC, United Republic of Tanzania, Hon Dr Damas D. Ndumbaro takes the oath of allegiance to the House, flanked in background by Hon Dr Ngwaru Maghembe and Hon Simon Mbugua (right)

The EALA Speaker, Rt Hon Ngoga Karoli Martin congratulates Dr Damas Ndumbaro, who joins the bench as an ex-officio Member of EALA
A Section of the House pay attention as EALA proceedings continue

The Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and EAC, United Republic of Tanzania, Hon Dr Damas D. Ndumbaro (left) is led to the House by Hon Dr Ngwaru Maghembe, Hon Pamela Massaay and Hon Simon Mbugua(partially hidden)

East African Legislative Assembly, Arusha, Tanzania:

The new Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Co-operation, United Republic of Tanzania, Hon Dr Damas Ndumbaro, this afternoon took Oath of Allegiance as an Ex-OfficioMember of the Assembly.

Hon Dr Ndumbaro was sworn in by the Clerk to the Assembly at a brief ceremony witnessed by the Speaker and Members of EALA in line with the Rule 5 of the Rules and Procedures of the Assembly. The Rule 5(4) of the Rules of Procedure says in part that: “No Member can sit or participate in the proceedings of the House until the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance to the Treaty is taken”.

Rule 5(5) specifically states that “when a Member first attends to take his or her seat other than at the first Sitting of a new House, he or she shall be brought to the table by two Members and presented by them to the Speaker who shall then administer the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance”.

Hon Dr Ndumbaro was ushered in to the House by EALA Members, Hon Simon Mbugua, Hon Pamela Massaay and Hon Dr Ngwaru Maghembe. EALA Speaker, Rt Hon Ngoga Karoli Martin congratulated Hon Dr Ndumbaro upon his swearing in – as he assumes his ex-officio role in the regional August House.

Hon Dr Ndumbaro was appointed to Cabinet by H.E. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli in September 2018 replacing Hon Dr Susan A. Kolimba who was dropped. The new Deputy Minister will serve in the Foreign Affairs and EAC Co-operation ministry position under Amb Dr Augustine Mahiga.

Prior to the appointment as Deputy Minister for State, East African Affairs, Hon. Dr Ndumbaro was and still is Member of Parliament for Songea Urban Constituency in Ruvuma region, United Republic of Tanzania. Hon Dr Ndumbaro, a lawyer by training is an advocate of the High Court of Tanzania and Zanzibar. He is a registered Arbitrator at the Tanzania Institute of Arbitration.

Between 2016 and 2017, Hon Dr Ndumbaro was Dean of Faulty at the Open University of Tanzania. The new Deputy Minister also served as Senior Legal Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Deputy Managing Director at the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA). His work career started at the Air Tanzania Holding Corporation where he was Legal Consultant for 3 years (2003-2006).

Hon Dr Ndumbaro holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Law obtained from the Open University of Tanzania, a Masters of Law and a Bachelor of Law, both obtained from the University of Dar es Salaam.

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