East Africa Today: An interview with January Makamba-Part 2
In a special two-part episode we speak with Mr. January Makamba, Deputy Minister of Communication, Science and Technology for the Government of Tanzania. In part 2, Mr. Makamba talks to us about the United States presidential elections, question whether East Africans should feel dissappointed with President Barack Obama's Africa strategy, his sentiments on the state of politics in Tanzania and whether the youth in East Africa are a threat or an opportunity. Click here for Part 1.
Mr. Makamba was appointed Deputy Minister of Communication, Science and Technology earlier this yeary President Jakaya Kikwete. He also serves as a Member of Parliament (MP) for the Bumbuli constituency. Prior to joining the Government of Tanzania, Mr. Makamba worked with the Carter Center, an initiative led by President Jimmy Carter, as a Research Assistant. Mr. Makamba's prior experiences included work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) by securing an International Human Rights Fellowship.
After his time with the Carter Center and UNHCR, Mr. Makamba moved back to Tanzania and joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Foreign Service Officer. After the then Foreign Minister of Tanzania, Mr. Jakaya Kikwete, won the presidential elections in 2005, Mr. Makamba joined the administration as President Kikwete's senior aide and speechwriter.
Mr. Makamba went to St. John's University in Minnesota, United States where he majored in Peace and Conflict studies. He did his post-graduate studies at George Mason University in the United States and received a Master of Science degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution.
Recently, Mr. Makamba launched the Bumbuli Development Corporation, which is seen as an innovative model to foster economic development and prosperity for his constituency. Many people believe that such a model can be emulated throughout the country in an attempt to foster entrepreneurship and improve education.