12 Things You Didn’t Know About Tanzanian Presidential Hopeful January Makamba

Written by Keren Mikva

Makamba served as aide to President Kikwete for five years

From 2005 to 2010, Makamba served as personal assistant to the president special duties (PAP-SD). During five years in this role, Makamba gained critical experience and insight into Tanzanian politics. He contested an election as a member of parliament in his home district of Bumbuli. He won the election unopposed, and was later named deputy minister of communication, science and technology by Kikwete in May 2012.