12 Things You Didn’t Know About Tanzanian Presidential Hopeful January Makamba
Managing a refugee camp inspired him to go into politics
In 1994, Makamba, then 20, spent his gap year before university as the assistant manager of Mtabila refugee camp, overseeing more than 120,000 Burundi refugees. The experience was critical. Tanzania was seeing a mass influx of refugees from all sides from the Rwandan genocide. He has said, “Witnessing that misery made me political.” He said it inspired him to study conflict resolution.