Paul Bomani

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Paul Bomani
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1st Minister of Finance
In office
President Julius Nyerere
Succeeded by Amir H. Jamal
Personal details
Born (1925-01-01)1 January 1925
Musoma, Tanganyika
Died 1 April 2005(2005-04-01) (aged 80)
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Resting place Mwanza
Nationality Tanzanian
Political party CCM
Other political
Tanganyika African National Union
Children 9
Alma mater Johns Hopkins University (MA)

Paul Bomani (January 1, 1925  – April 1, 2005) was a Tanzanian politician and ambassador to the United States and Mexico.


Bomani was born in Musoma, Tanzania in 1925 into a family of Adventist preachers.[1][2] He studied at Loughborough College in the United Kingdom and in 1976 received an Master of Arts degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University in the United States.[1] He was the father of nine children.[3] Bomani was admitted to hospital in Dar es Salaam on March 26, 2005 and died several days later.[4] At his funeral, Pius Ng’wandu, Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology, called Bomani "a freedom fighter who led Tanzanians to liberate themselves from abject poverty through co-operative activities."[4] He was buried in Mwanza in northwest Tanzania.[4]


In 1960, Bomani became the Minister of Natural Resources and Cooperative Development in the Tanganyika government. He held several other ministerial positions. Between 1972 and 1983 he was the ambassador to the United States and Mexico. From 1992 until his death he was the chairman of Tanzania Breweries Limited and Tanzania Distilleries Limited and from 1993 he was chancellor of the University of Dar es Salaam.[1]

Bomani described himself in his own words

A College professor once described me as a resourceful, moderate revolutionary, with a talent to organize and mobilize people. I was Julius Nyerere's right hand man during the fight for independence. The Sukuma people were the largest tribe in Tanganyika and more than a quarter of the country's population lived in the Lake zone. I was able to galvanized the support of the 50 traditional chiefs of Sukumaland and commanded their great respect and trust . Because of the success o our grassroots social and business organizations that existed prior to the formation of TANU I was also able to draw unequaled goodwill from the confidence and faith of the ordinary people of Sukuma, who had given me the affectionate nickname " Kishamapanda" - meaning. " The trailblazer". The full support that the movement for political independence received from the less populous areas of the country enabled Tanganyika to become the first country among the four East African States to attain political independence.

1961 Minister of Natural Resources and Cooperative Development.

1962 Minister of Finance of the Republic of Tanganyika

1964 Minister of Finance and economic Affairs of the United Republic of Tanzania

1965 Minister of economic Affairs and development Planning

1970 Minister of Commerce, Industry and Mining

1972 -1983 Ambassador to the United States of America and the Republic of Mexico

1983 Minister for Mineral Resources and Mining

1984 Minister for Lands, Natural Resources, Tourism and Housing

1986 Minister for Agriculture and Marketing

1988 Minister for Labour and Social Welfare

1989 Minister for Local Government, Marketing, Cooperative and Community Development

1990 Minister President's Office, responsible for the Implementation and Coordination of Cabinet Policy


1955General Manager, Victoria Federation of Cooperative Unions Ltd. Mwanza ( Cotton ginning and Marketing)

1950 President, Lake Province Cotton Growers Association, the cotton farmers mobilization conference, and precursor to the Cooperative Movement

1952President, Sukuma Union 1954 Member of the Legislative Council (LEGCO) appointed by the British governor-general.

1958 Member of the Rammage Constitutional Reform Committee ( established Universal Franchise.

1961Member of the Ian Macleod Constitutional Committee ( which ushered in the independence of Tanganyika).

1960 -1985 Member of Parliament

1968Member of the Philip Commission for the Treaty and establishment of the East African Community

1962 - 1970 Governor of IRBD (World Bank); attended Annual General Meetings of the IMF and IRBD

1965 Member of Makerere University Council and Nairobi University Advisory Council. 1975 - 1982

Councilor, American University Advisory Board 1980 - 1986 President International Cotton Institute; Washington D.C. U.S.A. and Brussels; Belgium.

Last held positions

1992 to2005 Chairman, Tanzania Breweries Limited and Tanzania Distilleries Limited

1993 to2005 Chancellor, University of Dar es Salaam


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Late Ambassador Paul Bomani's Curriculum Vitae". Official Website. Retrieved 2007-08-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Ludwig, Frieder (1999). Church and state in Tanzania: aspects of changing relationships, 1961-1994. BRILL. p. 33. ISBN 90-04-11506-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Paul Bomani dies in Dar es Salaam". KAFOI Online News. 2005-04-02. Retrieved 2007-08-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Hundreds pay last respects to Paul Bomani". KAFOI Online News. 2005-04-04. Retrieved 2007-08-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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