Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli

The President of United Republic of Tanzania from 05-11-2015 to date

The President of the United Republic of Tanzania Dr. John P. Magufuli was born in October 29, 1959 in Chato District in Kagera Region, currently Chato District is in Geita Region. He is married to Janet Magufuli, a primary school teacher and are blessed with children.

Career Background

In 1982 and 1983 Dr. Magufuli worked as a teacher at Sengerema Secondary School teaching Chemistry and mathematics. Later on, he left his teaching job and was employed by Nyanza Cooperative Union Ltd as an industrial chemist from 1989 to 1995.

In 1995 he ventured into elective politics and was elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Chato. During his first term as MP, he was appointed as Deputy Minister for Works. In the 2000 General Election, he retained his seat as MP for Chato Constituency and was promoted to a full ministerial position under the same Ministry and from 2006 to 2008 as Minister of Lands and Human Settlement, from 2008 to 2010 as Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, subsequently he served again as Minister of Works from 2010 to 2015.

Educational Background

Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli attended his primary education at Chato Primary School from 1967 to 1974. He attended ordinaly level secondary education at Katoke Seminary in Biharamulo and Lake Secondary School between 1975 and 1978. Magufuli attained advanced level secondary education at Mkwawa High School in Iringa in 1979 and 1981. He attended National service from 1983 to 1984 at Makutupora, Makuyuni and Mpwapwa Service Camps.

He attained a Diploma in education science majoring in Chemistry, and Mathematics in 1981 to 1982 at Mkwawa College of Education. He pursued Bachelor of Science in Education (Chemistry and Mathematics) from 1985 to 1988 at the University of Dar es Salaam. He attained his Master’s of Science in Chemistry from the same university and University of Salford in United Kingdom in 1994. Later he attained his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Dar es Salaam, where he studied in 2006 to 2009.