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BMF’s Holds its 12th Annual Consultative Meeting with its Settlor in Zanzibar

BMF’s Holds its 12th Annual Consultative Meeting with its Settlor in Zanzibar

The 12th Annual consultative meeting between the Benjamin William Mkapa Foundation Settlor, Board of Trustees and Senior Management Team was held on the 23rd March 2022 at the Zanzibar State House.

The BMF Settlor who is currently the President of Zanzibar and Chairman of the Revolutionary Council, H.E. Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi, welcomed the BMF Board Members and Senior Management Team to the Zanzibar State House. The Board of Trustees Chairperson expressed sincere gratitude to the President for accepting to be Settlor of the Mkapa Foundation effectively 14th December 2021.

Among the key things discussed during the consultative meeting was the Endowment Fund which was officially launched in July 2021 with a target of reaching Thirty-Three Billion Tanzanian Shillings (TZS 33billion) by end of Financial Year 2025/26 through an established resource mobilization taskforce. The Settlor stated that Zanzibar would proceed towards honoring their Endowment Fund pledge.

The Mkapa Foundation will soon be commemorating 16 years of existence this April 2022 and the Foundation CEO Dr. Ellen Senkoro explained how through this journey BMF has been able to build and sustain Trusted Partnership with the Government of Tanzania in advancing health sector strategic goals towards Universal Health Coverage.

As far as business development strategies generation is concerned, the CEO informed the Settlor that the Foundation is engaged with Government, Grants, Corporate, Investments and Consultancy for the sustainability and the Government awarded Grants in aid that is provided as an annual subvention. It was further explained that Multilateral and bilateral agencies were also strategically included as well as Direct partnerships with Private Sector, CSO’s, NGO’s, Research Institutions/Academia

It also impressed the Settlor that BMF has reached 22 out of 26 regions in Tanzania Mainland 5 regions in Islands remarkably with construction and rehabilitation of facilities as well as deployment of 4159 Health Care Worker’s of different cadres and 5,882 Community Health Workers. The Settlor being a Medical Doctor himself was able to appreciate the magnitude of  work the Foundation is doing and how at these trying times, millions were reached through supported Community Based Health Interventions including emergency response initiatives on COVID-19.

The Annual Consultative Meeting ended on a positive way forward pledging leveraged continuing support from the Board of Trustees for long-term sustainability realization, particularly the Endowment Fund as well as enhancement of strategic partnerships with the Government highlighting comparative advantage and niche of BMF on HRH Planning and Management, HR Performance Management systems strengthening, health infrastructure development, Community based integrative programs and systems strengthening.


The Mkapa Legacy Initiative takes place in July of this year and BMF will be working hard with the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar to make it happen.


The meeting concluded the opportunity window calling for further reinforcement of the BMF Business development strategy by ensuring effective linkages of its social capital arm (The Imara Horizon Company), BMF Endowment Fund, Mkapa Legacy and other business growth strategies which will also consider BMF vision of reaching out beyond Tanzanian borders.


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The Benjamin William Mkapa Foundation (BMF) is a Trust incorporated in Tanzania under the Trustee’s Incorporation Ordinance (Cap.375) since April, 2006 with a vision of Healthy Lives and Well-being for All, in Tanzania and the rest of Africa. The Foundation works in close collaboration with the Government of Tanzania and partners through designing and implementing projects/initiatives that are in alignment to the national frameworks and priorities, particularly in the health sector for the underserved areas. We operate with Headquarters in Dar Es Salaam and field offices located in Dodoma, Mwanza, Arusha, Iringa and Mbeya regions.

BMF now invites sealed bids from eligible bidders (including current supplier’s / service providers/ contractors/ consultants), for pre-qualification for the supply of goods and services for the year 2022 – 2023 for the under listed. The period of performance is from July 2022 to June 2023

For more information please download full details and instructions to applicants HERE

Tender Forms are available here

  • Interested eligible bidders may download the pre-qualification document from BMF website through this link: and pay a non-refundable fee of TZS 50,000 (Fifty Thousand Shillings only) per tender/lot. The payment shall be paid through the Bank Account Name:  BENJAMIN WILLIAM MKAPA FOUNDATION, A/C NO. 01J1094770801 at CRDB Bank Ltd;
  • The payment receipt MUST be attached to each application form submitted as a proof of payment. Any application submitted without the receipt will be rejected. All bids in one original plus one copy properly filled in and enclosed in plain envelopes clearly marked the relevant Tender number and details of the tender, must be delivered physically at BMF Offices as per the address below, on or before 3:30pm local hours on April 08th, 2022; 

The Chief Executive Officer,

The Benjamin William Mkapa Foundation (BMF),

P. O. Box 76274,

Office Building Block No.6, Mlimani City Office Park

Sam Nujoma Road, Ubungo,

Dar es Salaam

Mobile Number: +255 768 125491

  • Bidders wishing to submit more than one bid must ensure that each bid is submitted physically in a separate envelope that is clearly marked with Tender number and description of the Tender;
  • The bid document must consist of, application letters, company profile/physical address and contact, legal trading documents (TIN Certificate, VRN Certificate, compliant to the Government’s Tax Regulations and current business license).
  • Any application not received, not opened, and not read out in public at the opening ceremony shall not be considered for evaluation, irrespective of the circumstance.  Telegraphic, Telefax and late application will be rejected.
  • BMF reserves the right to accept or reject any application and is not bound to give reasons for its decision.  
  • BMF shall not be responsible for misplacement or premature opening of the documents, which are not sealed.
  • Interested bidders may obtain further information through Email:

Note: The Mkapa Foundation is committed to the highest ethical standards of transparency, openness, and accountability in its affairs. The Mkapa Foundation promote a “Zero tolerance” policy towards fraud and corruption.  All communications should be channelled to the provided official correspondence email above.

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Benjamin Mkapa Foundation Participates in the Official Inauguration of the Zanzibar Maisha Bora Foundation

Benjamin Mkapa Foundation Participates in the Official Inauguration of the Zanzibar Maisha Bora Foundation

On 19th February 2022, H.E. Mariam Mwinyi officially inaugurated the Zanzibar Maisha Bora Foundation (ZMBF) at the Mao Zedong sports grounds in Zanzibar. The ceremony was well graced by National Leaders, Ambassadors, Corporate Executives, Political and Faith Based Leaders who first expressed their solidarity by a 6KM walk from KiembeSamaki Boutros to the sports ground.

The launch was a promising step towards realisation of Mama Mariam Mwinyi’s Vision, and Mission for Zanzibar’s women, youth and children. The Foundation aims to improve and equally promote the life standard of all Zanzibaris through working with women, youth and children. The focus is to empower these targeted groups socially and economically to facilitate wholesome development in the Zanzibar Community.  

In her speech, H.E. Mariam Mwinyi praised the work done by the 8th Phase Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar under the stewardship of President Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi and among other things his commitment towards attaining development in Zanzibar, promoting the Blue Economy, combating Gender Based Violence and improving health and welfare for the Zanzibaris. Mama Mariam said that it was in witnessing this drive from the President that she felt motivated to complement these efforts by creating an opportunity for improving the lives of Zanzibaris.

I would like to express to you all, the two main reasons drivng me  me towards this commitment of establishing the Foundation t; Firstly, I would rather use my position ,skills  , ideas and experience in contributing towards the socio-economic welfare health and wellbeing of Zanzibaris especially women, adolescents (girls and boys) and children. Secondly, according to the position the community has accorded me and within my family the Zanzibar First Lady.”

She further said, “I am at same time I’m a mother, a sister, an aunt, daughter in law and still a daughter; I believe I’m at a proper place to understand women’s roles and their relationship in the community. Thus, without any hesitation I have the duty to empower any woman in her roles roles, health and in decision making. As the elders said, when you educate a woman, you educate the entire community, family and the entire world.

ZMBF expects to collaborate with partners at all levels i.e., the Government, Private Sector, Non-Governmental Organizations and Development Partners. It is through this collaborative spirit that the Benjamin William Mkapa Foundation (BMF) was invited to be a technical partner facilitating the establishment of ZMBF.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar and the Benjamin William Mkapa Foundation, who have played a key role in ensuring that ZMBF kick starts from the ground up. It is my hope that this support and collaboration will continue, thus ensuring that ZMBF meets its objectives,” Mama Mariam Mwinyi graciously said. 

Mkapa Foundation was a Platinum Sponsor among a total of 30 partners who contributred towards the successful launch of ZMBF at the Mao Zedong Sports Grounds. Other platinum sponsors included the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, Zanzibar Investment Promotion Authority (ZIPA), CRDB and Clouds Media Group.

Enabled by various sponsors, the launch was not only festivities and networking but also an opportunity for free health services like maternal check-up, nutrition, blood donation, ENT services as well as COVID-19 vaccination for all who attended .

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Sealing The Cracks: CHW’s Ensuring Inclusive Services for Children With Disabilities.

Sealing The Cracks: CHW’s Ensuring Inclusive Services for Children With Disabilities.

The Benjamin William Mkapa Foundation in collaboration with AMREF Health Africa under the support of IRISH AID implements the Ustawi wa Mwanamke Project UMP Project in Mwanza and Simiyu Regions. The project strengthens the implementation of Community Based Health Provision (CBHP) and Maternal and Neonatal Child Health (MNCH) with integration of COVID 19 response activities and increase access to health services.

The Ustawi wa Mwanamke Project (UMP) Project is implemented in 334 villages where there are 334 Community Health Workers and 30 Enrolled Nurses were recruited and posted to 29 health facilities to improve Reproductive Maternal and Newborn Child Health (RMNCH) services in Itilima DC, Kwimba DC and  Misungwi DC.

In the course of their duties, 6 disabled children were identified by CHW’s, linked with the Social Welfare Office and thereafter provided with wheelchairs and clothes by World Vision Tanzania. These include 3 disabled children from Ikungulipu village and 3 others that the CHW Officer linked to the Social Welfare Officer from Itilima DC.

Children with disabilities are a mostly marginalized and excluded group. They are almost invisible in society and especially in rural areas where access to suitable services for them as well as knowledge regarding child disabilities is limited thus increasing their vulnerability.

4.2 million Tanzanians live with disabilities and 48% do not attend school. 2.3% of the disabled out-of-school are children. There are many gaps in the implementation of policies and regulations for the disabled and this negatively impacts on the services for the disabled.

The CHW deployed by Mkapa Foundation enable early detection and diagnosis and applying the appropriate interventions including early detection of malnourishment from poor feeding and neglect. Assistive devices for the disabled are not easily available especially in the rural areas but the CHW’s mobility promotes coordination between stakeholders thus enabling combined assistance for the children.

Success like this is possible because CHW’s do awareness raising, strengthen child protection mechanisms, and enable early detection and referral where necessary. They also engage with families and communities appreciatively seeking solutions and mobilizing support.

As the old adage goes; when people come together, they can mend a crack in the sky. Two among the six children who received wheelchairs

Nkwimba Ndogile 7 Identified during household health education visits. Born with a spinal cord defect.Nkwimba cannot sit up unsupported. Parents were advised to strap her to her wheelchair where she would remain upright thus strengthening her spine and limbs.
John Jeta 11 Identified during household health education visits. He suffered an illness when 3 that resulted in paraylis of his lower limbs. HCW Samson Busiga advised his parents to sit him upright in a chair and help him stand up repeatedly. He can now sit up on his own and push his wheelchair

“Community health education interventions create the space for us to talk to parents and carers, advise them as well as make referrals” Samson Busiga CHW Itilima

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Felista’s Story: Tackling Cultural Beliefs and Malnutrition

Felista’s Story: Tackling Cultural Beliefs and Malnutrition

Felista Nzumbi is the first child in the Nzumbi household. She is 3 years and 6 months old. At first glance, one could mistake her for a wizened old midget but Felista is a child overcoming severe malnutrition. She was born to Nzumbi and Christina in August of 2018 in the tropics of Itilima in Simiyu region. Her parents are farmers as well as cattle keepers just like most of the population there.

Felista was discovered by Samson Busiga, one of the 334 Community Health Workers dispatched to 334 villages in Simiyu (102 Itilima, 119 Kwimba and 112 Misungwi) where the Benjamin William Mkapa Foundation in collaboration with Amref Health Africa under the support of Irish Aid were implementing the Ustawi Wa Mwanamke Project (UMP) in Mwanza and Simiyu Regions. The project aimed at improving the wellbeing of women and girls by strengthening the implementation of CBHP and MNCH with integration of COVID-19 response activities and consequently increasing access to health services.

Samson was doing his usual round of “Huduma ya Mkoba” services in the village when he came across Felista at her parents’ home. “Huduma ya Mkoba” is a proactive exercisewhere child health services like immunization, growth and development monitoring are brought to the village outside of the health facility by the Community Health Worker carrying his “Mkoba”. “Mkoba” means bag in Swahili, this was therefore his bag of essential supplies. Felista was 9 months old then but only weighed 4.6 kgs, slightly more than half the normal weight. She had all the classic symptoms of malnutrition presented through growth failure, stunting, wasting and inactivity, hollow cheeks andsunkeneyes.

Her parents had not taken her to hospital. They believed it to be a local congenital disease called “Nyamswa” of which the symptoms are engorged veins in the neck and head.They knew it severely affected the health of children but kept her home and her health kept deteriorating to the extent she couldn’t even drink her porridge. Samson the Community Health Worker explained to them the cause of her illness and convinced them that it was treatable. He referred them to Luguru Health Centre for treatment and management. “Her parents believed she was born that way and was destined to be poor, that it was “Nyamswa” and so nothing could be done, this belief is there and even in their traditional dances” CHW Samson says.

Felista’s recovery was slow but steady as she began to walk and show positive cognitive psycho-motor development where previously she had been a sick, poorly feeding listless child who could neither walk nor stand.

Although Tanzania is making significant progress in addressing malnutrition thanks to interventions like the Ustawi wa Mwanamke project that Mkapa Foundation is implementing in Simiyu; malnutrition rates are still high where the population of under-five stands at 9.3 million out of which 5% present wasting and 32% stunting.

The far-reaching consequences of malnutrition in childhood are dire including future impaired cognitive and psychomotor functions. It also leaves one susceptible to infections and organ diseases.

In Itilima102 CHWs deployed by Mkapa Foundation are involved by the District Nutritionist Officer in mobilizing households’ participation in nutrition days in the district. This activity enables proper surveillance, active case finding and identification of severely malnourished children in the community thus enabling proper interventions like Samson did for Felista. It also helps to address negative cultural beliefs and practices that sustain malnutrition. Most importantly Interventions like these impact on positive national outcomes too. There is a Maasai saying that “Happiness is as good as food”. Acknowledging most likely, how important nutrition is.

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Empowered Women Empowering Other Women: Peer HIV Mothers Mentoring the Newly Diagnosed and Breastfeeding

Mkapa Foundation with support from UNICEF Tanzania trained 108 mothers who are living with HIV /AIDS to become Peer –Mothers thus creating a broad mechanism of support for fellow mothers. All the mothers underwent the Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission PMTCT program and some of them are currently PMTCT clients.

The reason for the training was to assist newly diagnosed pregnant mothers and those who were breastfeeding by offering them psycho-social support. The support was to enable and encourage the mothers to adhere to their ART regimen as this would significantly reduce their Viral Load and therefore minimize their chances of infecting their children, meaning the ART would suppress the amount of HIV in the mother to the extent that the baby could be free of infection.

If you could walk into any Ante-Natal Clinic and count 100 expecting women, and follow up on them after delivery and confirmatory tests, about 7 children would be found to have been infected with the HIV/AIDS virus.

A pregnant HIV positive woman can infect her child with the virus during pregnancy, the process of childbirth or when breastfeeding. Without ART there is a 15% to 45% chance that the baby will be infected. Peer mothers offer a valuable support in mother’s HIV care. Mothers are more comfortable with their peers and are apt to opening up more to them, exchanging ideas and opening up enough to reduce psychosocial challenges.

In the outskirts of Dar in Mbezi juu is a dispensary called Ndumbwi. On any ordinary day at the HIV/AIDS care and treatment clinic you will find there a beautiful fair girl called Rehema talking to mothers both young and the not so young. Rehema is a 26 year old HIV+ peer mother counselor who advices HIV+ mothers and the newly diagnosed.       She talks about her work as a HIV+ Peer Mother. “When the mothers come in, you find some who area in denial regarding their status and some who know their status but do not adhere to their ART regimen”

“I had some challenges when I started out because mothers did not know who I was. I noticed some had neglected themselves, had skin eruptions and their children were poorly. I did not give up. I talked to them every day and some began to relent. I traced several mothers who had been lost to follow-up and brought them back to full adherence and clinic attendance.”

“I had a friend who was in denial. Try as I did she would not budge! I watched her health decline, I watched her infect her baby who eventually also died. She died too. It was devastating and I made a pact that I would do everything I could to prevent mothers’ unnecessarily infecting their children and dying , so I could talk all day citing myself as an example and winning them over”.

Stigma and discrimination greatly affects mental health and timely disclosure but the embracement offered by the Peer- Mothers greatly reduces stigma and promotes mental health enabling the HIV mothers to confront their fears of physical decline and death turning it all around to shared positivity and easier follow-up of care and treatment.

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Tackling Access To Health: Enrolling communities for improved Community Health Fund – iCHF in Itilima district

According to WHO over 100 million people end up impoverished after illness and being subjected to unforeseen health expense of a magnitude they cannot bear.  Universal Health Coverage (UHC) aims to enable equity in access to quality health services while protecting individuals, families and communities   against helpless financial crisis.

The Mkapa Foundation is addressing Universal Health Coverage by its strategic focus of enhanced financial solutions to accelerate access to health and related services.  This is to ensure the poor and the vulnerable access the appropriate quality health services by advancing improved Community Health Fund (iCHF), an alternative health insurance scheme meant to cover the informal sector and rural communities with essential services up to the regional hospital with referral from primary facilities. Insurance enrollment in Tanzania is at 9% for women and 9.5% for men and this includes 4.5% through community based insurance.

The Mkapa Foundation has stepped up mobilization by Community Health Workers increasing information and education on the benefits of iCHF and now Itilima, which is one of the 6 districts in Simiyu Region with a last census report of about 313,000 inhabitants, is witnessing commendable strides in iCHF enrollment as community members increasingly turn up to be enrolled. From 6-12th January 2022; 428 households were enrolled creating revenue of 12.8M for the district coffers.

This is a result of intensified efforts by the district team and CHW’s. The target is to enroll 3000 households by March 2022

The enrollment is a result of intensified sensitization and awareness activities in the community, as compared to sensitization and awareness previously being confined to the health facilities and dispensaries only.

“ .also the enrollment of households continues and we are following up every step of the way ensuring they already have been entered into the system and can wait for their cards from the regional office”

Explaining the cause for this successful turnout for enrollment, the coordinator thus elaborated

“Before the focus was enrollment at dispensaries and health facilities but now the District Medical Officer and Community Health Worker coordinator have increased mobilization and awareness raising.”

This demonstrates that cooperation of the Regional Authorities, Council Health Management Teams (CHMT’s), Facility in charges, Community Health Workers (CHWs), Community members, ward and village leaders is important in rolling out iCHF.

iCHF serves the low income bracket of people living below the poverty line, it ensures a safety net guarding against the indignity of being helpless in the face of illness.

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New Tide to Strengthen Client Centered TB Care

New Tide to Strengthen Client Centered TB Care

Identification and notification of Multi-Drug Resistance Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) patients in rural areas need much more than high-technology machines for screening. Kilimanjaro region has been at a frontline to strengthen provision of TB services including identification and treatment of MDR-TB patients. Things has not been easy for the Regional Health Team in identification and notification of MDR-TB patients as it needed a lot of strategies and efforts.

“At regional level, we had our health priorities and among them, combatting TB is one of top priorities especially identification of MDR-TB patients. But we had a very low MDR-TB case detection rate.” Narrates Dr. Peter Nigwa, the Regional TB and Leprosy Coordinator.

In Tanzania, the burden of TB and drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) is a major cause of illness and death. In 2019, an estimated 32,000 people died from TB, and from the estimated 1,700 MDR-TB patients, only 567 (33%) were diagnosed and treated. Timely identification, notification, and treatment of MDR-TB patient is paramount to reduction of transmission and deaths resulting from drug resistance. For Kilimanjaro Region, the identification and notification of MDR -TB patients have been low due to low screening rate at health facilities, underutilization of GeneXpert machines for sample testing and inadequate documentation.

“We were struggling to identify and report cases of MDR-TB from health facilities; thanks to the USAID Afya Endelevu in close collaboration with the MOHCDGEC and PORALG they allocated to us a Zonal MDR – TB Officer Dr. Mzee Hussein who coordinates and provide technical support in TB and MDR -TB management.”  added Dr. Nigwa

For Dr. Nigwa his aspiration to strengthen provision of TB services is becoming a reality. Dr. Mzee arrived in Kilimanjaro since February this year and his presence has been a game changer. His work has enhanced TB screening and strengthened the use of GeneXpert through councils’ facilitated specimen collection and transportation network.

“When he arrived, we jointly reviewed regional TB reports and facilitated development of a comprehensive TB case identification plan in line with national programmatic management of DR-TB guideline. Then we embarked in empowering all council TB coordinators to utilize the plan and encouraged utilization of GeneXpert machine to enhance active case finding through targeted supportive supervision and mentorship in councils and health facilities. Says Dr. Nigwa

With the plan being available the team managed to strengthen TB Screening at facilities’ entry points, timely collected and sent samples to Laboratory for testing, as a result the region was able to improve active case finding at facility and community level and strengthened screening and utilization of GeneXpert testing.

“We are grateful that with this revitalized strategy we have registered promising improvement; for example, our data shows that we have increased general TB cases identification from 613 cases in quarter one (January – March) to 621 cases in quarter two (April – June) and 706 cases in the quarter of July -September 2021. Also, during this time we were able to record 7 MDR TB patient during the quarter of July -September 2021 from 1 case identified in January to March 2021” narrates Dr. Nigwa

Salehe Rashid, a warden Guard at Kaloleni, Arusha who lives in Kilimanjaro narrates the struggle he went through when he was infected with TB. For him things were normal until he started experiencing long standing cough and chest pain which prompted him to go for checkup.

“I went to Mawenzi Regional Referral Hospital last year for a checkup, the result came positive that I had infected with TB. They gave me medicine which I used for almost two months without improvement. At the facility, I was requested to collect sputum again and at this time I was informed that I had MDR-TB. They decided to change medication which I have now used for five months, and I feel full recovered.” Said Mr. Rashid

As of September 2021, USAID Afya Endelevu managed a total of 1, 063 HCWs across 16 regions, 107 Councils and 499 health facilities, among those, 12 HCWs were supporting client centered TB care at national and sub-national levels.

The Activity is led by Benjamin Mkapa in collaboration with MOHCDGEC, PORALG and service delivery partners with a goal to Strengthen the delivery of quality HIV, TB and Reproductive, maternal, and Child health services in high-disease burden areas with shortage of health workers through sustainable investments in HRH in Tanzania. 

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The Board of Trustees and Management of the Benjamin William Mkapa Foundation (BMF) is pleased to announce that, His Excellency Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi, President of Zanzibar and Chairman  of the Revolutionary  Council has graciously  accepted to assume the role of the Settlor of the  Benjamin William Mkapa Foundation, effective from 14th December,2021. President Dr. Mwinyi is becoming the second Settlor succeeding the Former President of the United Republic of Tanzania, the Founder and Founding Settlor of BMF, His Excellency Late Benjamin William Mkapa, who passed away on 23rd July, 2020



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Bodi ya Wadhamini na Menejimenti ya Taasisi ya Benjamin William Mkapa, inachukua nafasi hii kwa heshima na furaha kuuarifu umma kwamba, Mheshimiwa Dkl. Hussein Ali Mwinyi, Rais wa Zanzibar na Mwenyekiti wa Baraza Ia Mapinduzi,  ameridhia kuwa Msarifu wa Taasisi ya Benjamin William Mkapa kuanzia tarehe 14 Disemba, 2021.  Mheshimiwa Rais, Dkt. Mwinyi anakuwa Msarifu wa Pili, anachukua nafasi iiliyoachwa wazi na Rais Mstaafu wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania, Muasisi, na Msarifu wa Kwanza wa Taasisi, Hayati Benjamin William Mkapa aliyefariki dunia tarehe 23 Julai, 2020.


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