DAR ES SALAAM, 3 March 2021 – Othman Masoud Othman has been appointed the new First Vice President of the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar, according to an order by Zanzibar’s President Hussein Ali Mwinyi.
Masoud Othman replaces Maalim Seif Sharrif Hamad who died last February 17 from complications arising from his infection with COVID-19, according to a statement from the Zanzibar State House.
Zanzibar’s State House said that Masoud Othman’s appointment is in accordance with Article 9 (3) of the Zanzibar Constitution which requires the President to maintain the spirit of the Government of National Unity in naming a vice president.
Masoud Othman is a member of the opposition party ACT-Wazalendo.
Speaking with media Monday, ACT-Wazalendo Party Leader, Zitto Kabwe, said the name of the person to succeed the late Hamad had been submitted to President Mwinyi, the appointing authority.
“The candidate conforms with the party’s criteria of advocating reconciliation and unity,” Kabwe told reporters.