The Government said yesterday that plans were afoot to assess civil servants before appointing them to senior positions in the public service. The assessment will be conducted by the Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development, commonly known as UONGOZI Institute.

The Minister of State for the President’s Office, Public Service Management and Good Governances, Hon. Angellah Kairuki (MP) said on Thursday at the inauguration of the second Board of UONGOZI Institute in Dar es Salaam that the assessment will help to prepare leaders and know whether they were ready to shoulder existing challenges in the country.

According to the Minister, the plan aimed at providing wider space in selecting best leaders fit for senior posts from the waiting lists. “We want UONGOZI Institute to be the assessment centre and submit the names of candidates for senior posts for further consideration,” she said.

Hon. Kairuki said the critical component for the success of national development plans will depend on the ability of leadership to provide guidance through transitions that have to be made. “Supporting leaders and preparing leaders to face development challenges is what is expected of the Institute. We are confident that this new Board will steer the Institute in carrying out its mandate and realising its vision of a prosperous, equitable and sustainable Africa,” she said.

For his part, UONGOZI Institute’s Chief Executive Officer, Prof. Joseph Semboja said the Institute had succeeded in laying a solid foundation to become a centre of excellence in leadership development for Africa. “Over 1700 leaders have been trained, over 70 courses have been delivered for leaders. An internationally recognized post-graduate diploma programme on leadership is also being offered in collaboration with Aalto University Executive Education in Finland,” he said.

In addition, Hon. Kairuki thanked the Government of Finland and other development partners for their significant contribution to the establishment and development of the institute and assured them of Government support for the Institute and the new Board of directors. The Government of Finland played a great role in the establishment of the Institute in 2010. According to Hon. Kairuki, a new agreement has also been reached between the Government of Tanzania and the Government of Finland to continue supporting it for the next four years.


(This article was originally published by James Kandoya on the Guardian, 23rd September 2017)