By Theophil Laurian Pima

On 21st  August 2013 President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete announced a major reshuffle of permanent secretaries, promoting 10 deputies and dropping three others.Among the deputies promoted in that reshuffle is Dr Patrick Makungu who now becomes the permanent secretary of the ministry of Communication science and Technology.

Dr Makungu was a deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communication,Science and Technology,a post which he got after being shifted from Directing the Centre for Agricultural Mechanisation and Rural Technology (CAMARTEC) in 2008.Dr Patrick Makungu replaces  Dr Florence Turuka who has been transferred    to the Prime minister’s Office.

Announcing the changes at a news conference at State House in Dar es Salaam,the Chief Secretary Ombeni Sefue mentioned others who earn a full promotion as  Jumanne Sagini (PMO-Regional Administration and Local Government), Dr Servacius Likwelile (Finance), Mr Alphayo Kidata (Lands) ,Dr Shaaban Mwinjaka (Transport) and  Uledi Mussa (Industry and Trade).

Others are Charles Pallangyo (Health), Ms Anna Maembe (Community Development), Ms Sihaba Mkinga (Information) and Sophia Kaduma (Agriculture).

According to the Chief Secretary Ombeni Sefue,President Kikwete also moved three permanent secretaries to new portfolios and tapped Prof Sifuni Mchome from the Tanzania Commission of Universities as the new Education Permanent Secretary  in changes that saw Lands PS Patrick Rutabanzibwa stepping down voluntarily.

President Kikwete also picked 14 new deputy Permanent secretaries  and shuffled five in a decision that saw the return of the former chief medical officer in the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Dr Deo Mtasiwa.Dr Mtasiwa has been appointed a new deputy permanent secretary under the Prime Minister’s  Office Regional Administration and Local Government(Health).According to Chief permanet secretary,Dr Mtasiwa had been cleared the charges following investigations in 2011 relating to the doctors’ strike that paralysed medical services throughout the country.Other new deputies include Mrs Angelina Madete (Vice-President’s Office-Environment), Ms Regina Kikuli (PMO),

Those dropped were Sethi Kamuhanda from the Ministry of Information, Omar Chambo from Transport and Mrs Kijakazi Mtengwa from Community Development.

The Chief Secretary Ombeni Sefue, said the three dropped PSs will be re-assigned to other duties but were not specified. All the changes are with immediate effect.Former PS in the Prime Minister’s Office Peniel Lyimo was moved to State House where he will now assume the position of deputy chief executive for the President’s Delivery Bureau. He will specifically be in charge of the agricultural revolution department. Joyce Mapunjo replaces Dr Stergomena Tax at the East Africa Community docket.Mapunjo was formerly in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Marketing and Dr Tax is now executive secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).