East Africa Today: An interview with Abdullah Mwinyi
In episode 12, East Africa Today visits Mokka City, a coffee shop and restaurant located in the center of Dar es Salaam, to speak with Mr. Abdullah Mwinyi. Mr. Mwinyi is a member of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) representing Tanzania. Over a cup of freshly brewed coffee, East Africa Today speaks with Mr. Mwinyi on a range of issues including his thoughts on the state of the East African Community (EAC) in 2013 and where he foresees the Community in ten years. Will we have a common currency? Will Somalia and South Sudan be a part of an expanded EAC bloc? Mr. Mwinyi also shares his views on the recent protests and violence in Mtwara. What went wrong? Will we see more skirmishes over resources in the future and will the discoveries of oil and gas tear the EAC apart? In the podcast we also discuss Tanzania's 2015 elections and the union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar will still exist by the time Tanzanians go to the polls.
Mr. Mwinyi has been a member of EALA since 2007 and is a staunch advocate for regional integration and Tanzanian engagement with the EAC. He is also Managing Director of Envision Consulting Ltd., a multi-disciplinary consulting company that specializes in management consulting, IT solutions, government liaison and providing environmental and social impact assessment. In addition to his work with EALA and Envision, Mr. Mwinyi is also a partner at Asyla Attorneys specializing in corporate and business compliance matters. He also had stints with British Petroleum (BP) Tanzania as a Company Secretary (Legal and Tax) as well as a Project Manager in BP Southern Africa.
Mr. Mwinyi is an Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania and Zanzibar. He has received an L.L.B and an LLM in Commercial Law both from the University of Wales, Cardiff.
You can follow Mr. Mwinyi on Twitter: @Dullahmwinyi1
Photo: Abdullah Mwinyi