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January Yusuf Makamba (born 28 January 1974) is a Tanzanian CCM politician and Member of Parliament for Bumbuli constituency.
He was appointed as a Minister of State in the Vice President's Office for Union Affairs and Environment in December 2015.
Makamba is a Muslim. He is married to Ramona and is the father of two children. He is a huge football fan and loves Simba, Coastal Union, Chelsea, and Real Madrid in the Tanzanian, English, and Spanish leagues.
Early life and career
Makamba was born in Singida, Tanzania, and he is the eldest of four children. Yusuf Makamba, the country's most influential political party, had served as its Secretary General before he died. Josephine is a native of Missenyi District in Kagera Province. He spent his youth in Mahezangulu, a village in Lushoto District, and in his maternal grandmother's village in Kagera Province, which was reportedly infested by Ugandan forces during the Uganda-Tanzania War.
He was educated in Secondary School in Handeni and Galanos; and at Forest Hill High School. He attended Quincy College in Massachusetts, United States, for a preliminary course before transferring to Saint John's University in Minnesota, where he majored in Peace Studies. He started an internship at the Carter Center before obtaining his MSc in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University in 2004.
On his return to Tanzania, he joined the Foreign Ministry as a Foreign Service Officer (Grade II). The Foreign Minister, Jakaya Kikwete, would later run for the presidency in the 2005 election. Makamba joined his campaign team and travelled around the country visiting all the districts. Following Kikwete's landslide victory of over 80%, he was appointed as an advisor to the President. His formal title was "Personal Assistant to the President," according to Special Duties (PAP-SD); a position in which he would serve for five years before 2010.
He stood up to Parliament in 2010 for his home constituency of Bumbuli, and was elected unopposed. He served as the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Energy and Minerals in the tenth Parliament.
Bernard Membe was CCM's Political Affairs and International Relations Secretary in April 2011 and remained in this position until November 2012, when he was succeeded by Asha-Rose Migiro at the 8th National Congress of the CCM. Makamba was also elected as one of the country's top ten members of the National Executive Committee (NEC). He received the second most votes (2,093).
Following a cabinet reshuffle, President Kikwete named him as the Deputy Minister of Communication, Science, and Technology in May 2012. He founded the Bumbuli Development Corporation in July, a personal initiative that would seek to supplement the government's efforts to bring growth to his constituency. He was selected by Vodacom Tanzania Chief In August 2014 to raise funds for obstetric fistula patients in Tanzania, and you can contribute to the Ice Bucket Challenge. Rather, Makamba decided to donate TSh 1,000,000/= (US$600) instead.
Makamba was quoted in October 2014 as a tool to bring down graft in politics.
On 2 July 2014, he declared that he was 90% sure that he would run in his party's primaries for the presidency, and that he was the first candidate to announce his IKULU rank for the first time since that news came.
President Kikwete spoke to Makamba's constituents on a four-day official tour of the Tanga Region on July 9th and praised their MP for their service. Kikwete was advised by his presidential mentor to look at him as an example. President Kikwete ran for president in 1995 for the first time, but it was the second time since he was elected in 2005. President Kikwete told Makamba that if the time comes, he will get the presidency.5]
Makamba published a book written by Fr. During his presidential campaign in 2015, the author of Fr. A 40 Questions and Answers with Karugendo: A Conversation with January Makamba. Former President Ali Hassan Mwinyi outlined the book in detail, meaning that if elected, he would introduce a jobs bill that would cost about $2 billion. Social care and good governance were also on the agendas.
January Makamba was the youngest of the top five presidential candidates in CCM's top five presidential candidates, defeating CCM veterans, including former Prime Ministers, Vice Presidents, and party veterans. Makamba returned to Bumbuli constituency, where he was re-elected by 84% of the total votes after Dr. John Magufuli's CCM nomination. In addition, he was a member of 32 cadres that made up the CCM Campaign Committee in 2015, splitting as both spokesperson of the campaign and in charge of CCM communications during the entire campaign. Makamba served as a member of a small team selected by the CCM Chairman to help prepare the party's manifesto (Ilani ucha) for five years from 2015-2020. Makamba is widely thought of as a potential successor to President John Pombe Magufuli.
Honours and awards
- 2013: Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum
- 2013: National Democratic Institute’s Democracy Award
- 2014: 10 Most Powerful Men In Africa, Forbes Magazine