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Former Tanzania President Ali Hassan Mwinyi dies at 98

Former Tanzania President Ali Hassan Mwinyi has passed on at 98 years old.

Ali Hassan Mwinyi

Ali Hassan Mwinyi, who took over from founding father Julius Nyerere served as president of Tanzania between 1985 to 1995.

According to President Samial Suluhu who announced the devastating news, the late former president was suffering from cancer.

In her address to the nation, she also declared a 7-day mourning period.

Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi, his son, currently serves as the President of Zanzibar within the Tanzanian archipelago.


Ali Hassan Mwinyi was born on May 8, 1925, in Kivure, Pwani Region, Tanzania.

His early life was marked by his upbringing in a modest environment, which shaped his perspectives and values.

Mwinyi's educational journey led him to pursue a Diploma from the University of Adult Education in Dublin, England, between 1954-1956.


This educational foundation set the stage for his extensive career in public service and governance​​.

Mwinyi's political career commenced with various roles in the government before he ascended to the presidency.

He served as the Interior Minister and Vice President, showcasing his leadership capabilities and dedication to Tanzania's development.

In 1985, he succeeded Julius Nyerere as the President of Tanzania, a role he held until 1995.


His presidency was characterized by significant economic and political reforms, notably shifting Tanzania from a socialist to a more capitalist economy, encouraging private investment, and initiating liberal policies that steered the country towards modernization and growth​​.

As President, Mwinyi was known for his "ruksa" (permission) policy, which allowed for greater freedom of expression and association, contrasting with the more restrictive policies of his predecessor.

He also championed economic liberalization, opening up Tanzania's economy to global markets and encouraging foreign and local investment.


These reforms contributed significantly to Tanzania's development trajectory, laying the groundwork for subsequent economic growth and stability​​.

After his presidency, Mwinyi remained an active figure in Tanzanian public life and continued to influence the country's political landscape.

His wisdom and experience have been valuable assets in advising and guiding future generations of Tanzanian leaders.

Mwinyi's retirement years have been marked by his involvement in various social causes, including promoting peace, unity, and development across Africa​​.



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