EALA swears in new Ex-Officio-Member
The Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and EAC, United Republic of Tanzania, Dr. Damas D. Ndumbaro takes the oath of allegiance to the House, flanked in background by Dr. Ngwaru Maghembe and Simon Mbugua (right)
By Viola Matela
The new Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Co-operation, of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr. Damas Ndumbaro, yesterday took Oath of Allegiance as an Ex-Officio Member of the Assembly.
Dr. Ndumbaro was sworn in by the Clerk to the Assembly at a brief ceremony witnessed by the Speaker and Members of the East African Legislative Assembly in line with the Rule 5 of the Rules and Procedures of the Assembly.
The Rule 5(4) of the Rules of Procedure says in part that: “No Member can sit or participate in the proceedings of the House until the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance to the Treaty is taken.”
Rule 5(5) specifically states that “when a Member first attends to take his or her seat other than at the first Sitting of a new House, he or she shall be brought to the table by two Members and presented by them to the Speaker who shall then administer the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance.”
Ndumbaro was ushered in to the House by EALA Members, Simon Mbugua, Hon Pamela Massaay and Dr. Ngwaru Maghembe. EALA Speaker, Ngoga Karoli Martin congratulated Ndumbaro upon his swearing in as he assumed his ex-officio role in the regional August House.
Ndumbaro was appointed to Cabinet by President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli in September 2018 replacing Dr. Susan A. Kolimba who was dropped. The new Deputy Minister will serve in the Foreign Affairs and EAC Co-operation ministry position under Ambassador Dr. Augustine Mahiga.
Prior to the appointment as Deputy Minister for State, East African Affairs, Ndumbaro was and still is a Member of Parliament for Songea Urban Constituency in Ruvuma region of Tanzania.
Ndumbaro, a lawyer by training is an advocate of the High Court of Tanzania and Zanzibar. He is a registered Arbitrator at the Tanzania Institute of Arbitration.
Between 2016 and 2017, he was Dean of Faulty at the Open University of Tanzania. The new Deputy Minister also served as Senior Legal Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Deputy Managing Director at the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA). His work career started at the Air Tanzania Holding Corporation where he was Legal Consultant for 3 years (2003-2006).
Dr. Ndumbaro holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Law obtained from the Open University of Tanzania, a Masters of Law and a Bachelor of Law, both obtained from the University of Dar es Salaam.