21 June 2014

Tanzania: Kikwete Opts to Teach After Retirement

PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete has stated that he intends to lecture at the National Defence College (NDC) in Dar es Salaam soon after retiring next year.

According to a statement issued by the Presidential Communication Directorate, the President said this on Friday when giving a lecture pertaining to the security of the nation to students of the college located at Kunduchi area in the city.

"I feel very happy going back to my roots as I give this lecture. This event reminds me of my days at the Monduli Military Academy in Arusha region. It is my expectation that I will return to my roots once I complete my current job," President Kikwete told second intake students hailing from Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda.

The President who gave a two-hour lecture was first briefed about the progress of the college and later responded to questions from students with regard to the nation's security.

The NDC officially opened its doors in September 2012 and was inaugurated by President Kikwete after he toured it for the first time, after concerted efforts were made by his leadership to have that unique facility in the country.

The first group to join the college completed studies in July 23 last year, and the college is currently enrolling second intake. The college is registered with the National Examinations Council of Tanzania (NECTA) and has masters courses for Strategic Studies.

MEANWHILE President Kikwete has said that he has no worry over the intense debate during the Constituent Assembly (CA) sessions, citing that it was an important process if a good constitution is to be obtained.

He said that the new constitution will not be obtained from political rallies outside the CA but rather from within, and therefore the ongoing debate shall be surrounded by objective deliberations and wisdom.

"I don't have the slightest worry because nowhere in our minds did we think that this would be an easy task. When we received views of the people that they wanted a new constitution, we formed a commission which produced a report and it is now being debated," he explained.

During the question and answer session, an officer from the Kenya army asked president Kikwete on whether he had sleepless nights about the CA debates and if they could disrupt the nation's security.

"What is taking place is very important...I know there have been times when the debate was very heated, this is something good," he responded.

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