Tanzania Parliament unanimously approved Dr. Phillip Mpango on Tuesday as the new Vice President of Tanzania.
He was approved by all the 363 Members of Parliament when his name was presented before the Speaker of Tanzania’s Parliament Job Ndugai.
Dr. Mpango’s approval came shortly after Tanzania’s President Suluhu Hassan appointed him as his deputy.
According to a report by the country’s local daily, The Citizen, Dr. Mpango will now be sworn in by the Chief Justice as the Vice President on a date that is yet to be named.
The speaker declared Buhigwe constituency, in Kigoma vacant because he now ceases to be a Member of Parliament as stipulated in the constitution.
“I, therefore, would wish to inform the National Electoral Commission that Buhigwe Constituency is now vacant,” said Mr Job Ndugai.
Dr Mpango now fills the VP position which was left vacant after Ms Samia Suluhu Hassan was sworn in as President following the death of Dr John Pombe Magufuli.
Until March 30, 2021, Dr. Philip Mpango was the Minister for Finance and Planning of the United Republic of Tanzania, and has been in office since November 2015.
He previously served as Acting Commissioner General of the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA); Executive Secretary in the President’s Office (Planning Commission); Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs as well as Personal Assistant to the President (Economic Affairs).
He also worked as the Head of the President’s Economic Advisory Unit; Senior Economist for the World Bank; Visiting Lecturer in Public Economics, Collaborative Masters program for Anglo-phone Africa, AERC, Nairobi-Kenya and Lecturer, Economics Department University of Dar es Salaam.