On 29 January, 2018, Minister of State in the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government, Hon. Selemani Said Jafo (MP), officiated a five-day leadership training workshop for District Commissioners (DCs) and Local Government Authority (LGA) Directors from six regions of Tanzania Mainland (Tanga, Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Pwani, Lindi and Mtwara), in Dodoma.

In his speech, Hon. Jafo outlined the role of UONGOZI Institute in building capacity of public leaders in the country, and the different development initiatives by DCs and LGA Directors in their respective districts.

Hon. Jafo further underscored the need for DCs and LGA Directors to understand their roles and responsibilities, and to work as a team to meet their targets. “As leaders, we have one key responsibility, to serve the interests of the public, and we have better chances to achieve that when working as a team rather than in silos” he stated.

“I believe though this training you will be well-equipped to lead different sectors in the Government, as you will have a better understanding of how the Government operates, protocols and etiquettes, as well as the level of confidentiality and ethics required,” Hon. Jafo added.

On his part, the CEO of UONGOZI Institute, Prof. Joseph Semboja, stated that the training aims to enhance key leadership competencies of the DCs and LGA Directors in making strategic and sustainable decisions, leading people and managing other resources and excelling in personal leadership qualities.

“Leadership is about persuasion, and in order to be persuasive, leaders require certain qualities such as; the ability to inspire others, hard work, honesty and integrity, impartialness; etc., and these qualities will be addressed in the training”, he stated.

UONGOZI Institute in collaboration with the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government have organised a total of four leadership training workshops for DCs and LGA Directors in Tanzania Mainland since May, 2017, with the participation of over 300 leaders.