H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete
The United Republic of Tanzania is found just below the equator.
Tanzania was formed out of the two sovereign states of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. Tanzania gained independence 9th December, 1961 and became a Republic the following year. The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania is joined together by two independent governments, which is that of the Tanzania mainland and the Zanzibar Revolutionary Government.
Tanzania is the largest of the three countries of East African. Tanzania has a truly spectacular landscape made up from three types of physical geography regions; the exotic Spice Islands and coastal plains; the inland saucer-shaped plateau; and the highlands.
The Great Rift Valley that runs from north east of Africa through central Tanzania is another landmark that adds to the dramatic landscape of the country. Tanzania has the largest concentration of wild animals in Africa. It also has pristine sandy beaches, the warm crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean and Africa’s highest [snow-capped] mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Tanzania is home to several world famous National Parks and Game Reserves such as: Ngorongoro Crater, Selous Game Reserve, Gombe Stream, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Mikumi, Arusha, Ruaha, Saadani, Udzungwa Mountains, and Mkomazi Game Reserve. Other Game Reserves include: Amani, Kigosi, Lukwika-Lumesule, Maswa, Monduli Mountains, Msangesi and Ugala.
Dar es Salaam is a great city to shop and party and is the commercial capital and major sea port for the Tanzania Mainland. In the 19th Century Tanzania was the gateway into East and Central Africa; this is still true today. This makes Tanzania a great place to invest; this is reflected in the changing face of Dar Es Salaam. Dar was a sad neglected city a few years ago but daily it metamorphoses into a vibrant, cosmopolitan city.
2005 was time again for the General Elections which are held every five years. The elections were for the 4th President of Tanzania; who now is the ever popular H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete. This man has been president in waiting for many years. His fellow politicians, the press and the public love him. Tanzania, like the U.S.A. has followed a two term limit for the Presidency.