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.


  1. Comment:hongera mkuu kwa ujasiri wa kurudi katika utamaduni na ajira ya watanzania walio wengi,tuko pamoja

  2. Farming is a Beatiful activity ! Our first President did it with Pride! Many retirees have done it with a lot of Satisfaction! As one of the
    Lot .We should lead to convince Our Young Generation to go into it! I wish to use the opportunity to see and meet His Excellency The Retired President Hon Kikwete and see how this could be an opportunity for our young ones., . I farm turkeys etc! Pse visit: . We grow exotic vegetables! Hatch Chotara chicken and so on! Promoting small scale farming could make a change not only for the Public Nutrition , but also Youth Gainful Employment! Hon Pinda has shown the way for Beekeeping! When I met him in Balton , Arusha I complained to him as an Individual, about 18% Vat! He promised to work on it because he had to pay it ! It has been removed in Vegetable growing tunnels! Using these Senior Executives we can make a lot of Changes that Make sense! Political Rhetorics ‘Kilimo Kwanza ‘ , Kilimo Ni Siasa etc ! No tangible Out put! So these are people now we can use from ground perspective to influence the government to address the key issues at grass root level! We should continue to discuss ! Thanks . Dr Swai/ 0624 290808/ 0784 290808 : email :


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