Dar es Salaam. Zanzibar’s President Hussein Ali Mwinyi on Monday, March 01, 2021 appointed Mr Othman Masoud Othman to be the new First Vice President in the Isles.
Mr Othman is replacing Maalim Seif Sharrif Hamad who died on February 17, 2021.His body was laid to rest the following day in Pemba.
Article 40 (1) of the Zanzibar Constitution 1984 as revised in 2010 requires that in case the First or Second Vice President dies, the successor would be picked within 14 days.
A statement from the State House in the Isles said on Monday, March 1, 2021 that the appointment of Mr Masoud, who is a member of the opposition ACT-Wazalendo, was in accordance with Article 9 (3) of the Zanzibar Constitution which requires the President to maintain the spirit of the Government of National Unity (GNU).
“And following powers vested on him through Article 39(4) of the Zanzibar Constitution of 1984 and after consultations with ACT-Wazalendo, the President of Zanzibar and chairman of the Revolutionary Council Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi has appointed Mr Othman Masoud Othman Sharif to be the First Vice President,” reads part of the press statement.
Earlier on Monday, Dr Mwinyi promised to issue an important announcement to the Isles and Tanzania as a whole, when he was responding to concerns of journalists at a symposium aimed at discussing the use of communication in building the new Zanzibar.
Journalists in Zanzibar told the President that State House statements were released late, therefore denying print and television stations the opportunity to make intensive coverage on major issues.
“I have heard your concerns. In that regard I have to leave here earlier because later today there will be an important announcement to share with you,” he told the cheering members of the media.
Speaking during an interview with a local media earlier on Monday, March 1, 2021, the ACT-Wazalendo Party Leader, Mr Zitto Kabwe said the name of the person to succeed the late Hamad had been submitted to President Mwinyi who is the appointing authority.
“The candidate conforms with the party’s criteria of advocating reconciliation and unity,” he said.