The former president of Tanzania Benjamin William Mkapa passed away in the early hours of Friday at age 81.
Born on November 12, 1938 in Ndanda, near Masasi in southern Tanganyika, Mkapa graduated from Makerere University in Uganda in 1962 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He went on to study at Columbia University the following year, and earned a master’s degree in international affairs.
He was an administrative officer in Dodoma and the Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education. Mkapa was the head of the Tanzanian mission to Canada in the year 1982 and to the United States Of America from 1983 to 1984. He was the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1977 to 1980 and again from 1984 to 1990.
Mkapa was elected as President of Tanzania where he served for two terms, between 1995 and 2005.