DODOMA, 25 March 2021 – Tanzania’s newly-inaugurated president, Samia Suluhu Hassan, has said she will remain submissive to her husband, Hafidh Ameir, despite being president.
Hassan said kneeling before her husband to show submission and honor would not make her inferior to him.
As Vice-President to the late John Pombe Magufuli, Hassan said it was a sign of love and affection.
“Some of you will say we are equal in all aspects of society, No! That’s not the right position. Even as Vice- President, I will kneel before my husband. I don’t kneel because I am inferior, it’s because of love and affection.
“Don’t leave this tradition so we can strengthen the bond of our families and bring up our children through good manners,” Hassan said.
Hassan was born in 1960 in Makunduchi, an old town on Unguja Island, Zanzibar, and her parents were a teacher and a stay-at-home mom.
She studied public administration, obtaining a Master’s in Community Economic Development.
Hassan began her political career in 2000 when she was elected as a special seat member in the Zanzibar House of Representatives.
Special seats are reserved for Tanzanian women leaders under the country’s quota system.
She then served as the Minister of Gender and Children in the government of the semi-autonomous region of Zanzibar between 2000-2010, under President Amani Karume.
The new Tanzanian president also served as the Minister of Youth Employment, and of Tourism in Karume’s cabinet.
In 2010, she was elected member of parliament for Makunduchi, sitting in the National Assembly of Tanzania, and was appointed Minister of State for Union Affairs by President Jakaya Kikwete.
Hassan is Tanzania’s sixth president, its first female president, and only the second from the semi-autonomous region of Zanzibar after founding president, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere.