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The Chancellor

Hon. Mizengo Pinda - is the Chancellor of the Open University of Tanzania (OUT) since 2016.

The Chancellor is the titular head of the University who confers degrees and other academic awards of the university.

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Honorable Mizengo Pinda was born on 12th August 1948 in Katavi Region. He was elected a Member of Parliament for Mpanda East constituency in the 2000 general election, and he was thereafter appointed by the former President Benjamin William Mkapa to be the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office overseeing Regional Administration and Local Governments. He was promoted to the rank of a full Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, while remaining in charge of Regional Administration and Local Governments, in the Cabinet named on January 4, 2006 by the fourth phase President, His Excellency Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.

Hon. Mr. Mizengo Pinda is also an immediate former Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania who proudly served our country from 2008 to 2015

Education

Honorable Mizengo Pinda went to Kakuni Primary School and Kaengesa Seminary in Rukwa region from 1957 to 1964 and later, to the then St Francis Secondary school, currently known as Pugu Secondary School, between 1965 and 1968.  In 1969 – 1970 he attended Musoma Secondary School for advanced level studies. He further went to the University of Dar es Salaam for a Bachelor degree in Law (LLB) between 1971 and 1974. Kambarage Nyerere and later his successor Ali Hassan Mwinyi between 1978 and 1995

Position Held

Upon the completion of his degree within the same year Honorable Mizengo Peter Pinda was posted as State Attorney in the Ministry of Justice where he spent 4 years before moving to State House to become Assistant Private Secretary to the then President, Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere

He was elected a Member of Parliament for Mpanda East constituency in the 2000

general election, and he was thereafter appointed by the former President Benjamin William Mkapa to be the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Overseeing Regional Administration and Local Governments. He was promoted to the rank of a full Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, while remaining in charge of Regional Administration and Local Governments, in the Cabinet named on January 4, 2006 by the fourth phase President, His Excellency Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.

In recognition of his devotion and high capacity to work for the people,integrity, vision for community development and his strategic political leadership potentials, President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete nominated him as Prime Minister on February 8, 2008 and was confirmed almost unanimously by the Tanzanian parliament on the same day. He was sworn on at Chamwino-Dodoma state grounds in a colorful celebration on the following day.

As the OUT chancellor the OUT community stands to benefit more from him in terms of advice and guidance knowing that, as a former Prime Minister, he is a man of wisdom, exposure, long vision and boasts of vast experiences

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