Amb Augustine Phillip Mahiga takes the Oath of Allegiance to the Assembly before the Clerk to the Assembly, Kenneth Madete. at the back is Hon Angela D. Kizigha

The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) yesterday administered the Oath of Allegiance to Hon Amb Augustine Phillip Mahiga, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, East African, Regional and International Co-operation of Tanzania.

Amb Dr Mahiga is now an ex-officio Member of the Assembly after the Oath of Allegiance to the House was administered by the Clerk of EALA, before the EALA Speaker, Rt Hon Daniel F. Kidega, in accordance with Rule 5 of the Rules of Procedure of the Assembly. Under Article 48 of the EAC Treaty, ex-officio Members of EALA consist of Ministers responsible for East African Affairs from the Partner States.

And 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”.

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The Minister was ushered into the House by Hon Adam Kimbisa and Hon Angela Daisy Kizigha.

Amb Augustine Phillip Mahiga (left) is welcomed by his colleagues, Hon Shem Bageine, Minister for State, East African Community Affairs and the Minister for EAC, Burundi, Hon Leontine Nzeyimana
Amb Augustine Phillip Mahiga (left) is welcomed by his colleagues, Hon Shem Bageine, Minister for State, East African Community Affairs and the Minister for EAC, Burundi, Hon Leontine Nzeyimana

Hon Mahiga was appointed Minister by President John Pombe Magufuli in the cabinet named in December 2015 and prior to his appointment, Dr Mahiga, a diplomat, served as the Permanent Representative of Tanzania to the United Nations.   He was also the UNHCR Representative to Italy, Republic of Malta and Republic of San Marino.  Between the years 1994 to 1998, Ambassador Mahiga served as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Chief of Mission in New Delhi, India.  He has also served as Chief of Mission in Monrovia, Liberia.

Amb Mahiga, rose into public service from the world of academia and was appointed by the Government to the rank of Ambassador while on secondment to the UNHCR.  He was once a Senior Lecturer in International Affairs and Regional Co-operation at the University of Dar es Salaam, a post he held from 1975-1977.

Amb Mahiga earned a Bachelor of Arts (Education) at the University of East Africa in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He earned his Master of Arts degree at the University of Toronto as well as a Ph.D. in International Relations from the same institution.