Former Tanzanian President, Jakaya Kikwete, has taken to what he considers to be his next love after politics: farming.
Those who know the former President did not previously associate him with maize farming, but he has emerged as one of the most astute farmers in Tanzania.
When asked what he loves about his retirement, Kikwete, 66, lists three things: ‘‘… enjoying quality time with my family, my cattle and farm,’‘ he said in a Twitter post accompanied by him on his maize farm.
Before rising to become President, the trained economist served in various capacities including as a member of Parliament (1995 – 2005). He served as Minister of Finance and Minister of Foreign Affairs during the period.
He served as president between 21 December, 2005 abd 5 November, 2015 before handing over to the current President, John Pombe Magufuli who incidentally belongs to the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (ruling party).
Despite being out of office, Kikwete serves as the AU’s (Africa Union) Representative for Libya. He recently met with Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar to discuss the future of the north African country which has been plunged into chaos since the violent overthrow of longserving leader, Muammar Gaddafi.
During his presidency, he was elected the 6th president of the AU serving between January 2008 and February 2009. Incidentally his successor was the former Libyan leader Gaddafi.
He is hailed as one of the few African leaders who finish their tenure and peacefully exit power. He is a practising Muslim married to Salma Kikwete and the couple have 5 children.