24 February 2014

Tanzania: Kikwete Mourns Late UDSM Chancellor Kazaura

PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete has expressed shock and sadness following the death of the University of Dar es Salaam Chancellor, Ambassador Fulgence Kazaura, in India on Friday night.

In his condolence message to the Minister for Education and Vocational Training, Dr Shukuru Kawambwa, President Kikwete said the death has not only robbed the university of a visionary leader, but also the nation of one of dedicated and honest civil servants.

"I received with shock the sad news of the demise of Ambassador Kazaura in a Cancer Centre in Chennai, India, where he was undergoing treatment.

Amb Kazaura was an honest and dedicated leader in all posts he served within and outside the country," he said in a statement issued by the State House Directorate of Communications. He asked the minister to convey is heartfelt condolences to the family of Amb Kazaura.

During his life, Amb Kazaura served as permanent secretary in several ministries, was Tanzanian Ambassador to the European Union headquarters in Belgium, and later served as economic advisor to the president.

He served as Deputy Secretary General of East African Community (EAC) before being appointed UDSM Chancellor, the post he served for nine years. UDSM's Vice-Chancellor Prof Rwekaza Mukandala told this paper yesterday that the university community was shocked with the news of his death as his health was said to be improving in the past few days.

Amb Kazaura was appointed to the position in 2005 taking over from the late Paul Bomani. He was again appointed to the post by President Jakaya Kikwete for another term in 2012 after serving for six years.

"He was a gift bestowed to the UDSM, the Late Kazaura was competent and a serious man when it came to leadership," Prof Mukandala said of the fallen civil servant.

Before he was appointed Chancellor of the oldest institution of higher learning, he served for many years as Chairman of UDSM Governing Council.

Apart from his position at the UDSM, Amb Kazaura served in various boards of directors including Board Chair of Tanzania Electric Supply Corporation (TANESCO).

In a eulogy posted on famous Michuzi blog on Sunday, former East African Community (EAC)'s Secretary General Ambassador Juma Volter Mwapachu described the Late Kazaura as "a superbly intelligent person."

"When I was appointed Secretary General of the East African Community in April, 2006, I could rely on thoughtful insights from Fulgence who had served as Deputy Secretary General of the EAC during its early years after re-establishment in 1999.

"For all these years that I knew the late Fulgence I found him to be a superbly intelligent person. He had a strong grasp of facts about the Tanzanian economy to the point of often being, deservedly, quite arrogant about it," Mwapachu said in his eulogy.

Adding: "People who knew Fulgence officially found him to be too serious, stern and disciplinarian attributes which earned him professional accolades in government service. For few of us who knew him intimately, the late Fulgence was charming and friendly."

The former EAC boss went on to describe Kazaura as a devoted and exemplary contributor to improving the management of higher education institutions and especially the University of Dar-es-Salaam where he served as Chairman of the Council for over a decade and as Chancellor, also for a decade until his death.

According to Prof Mukandala arrangements to bring back home the body of Amb Kazaura and funeral arrangements are undergoing between the UDSM and his family.

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