Zanzibar President Mwinyi Appoints Othman as New First Vice President

Mr Othman Masoud Othman. Image source: courtesy

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania— Zanzibar President Dr Hussein Mwinyi on Monday (March 1) appointed Othman Masoud Othman of opposition Alliance for Change and Transparency (ACT Wazalendo) as the new First Vice President.

Mr. Othman is replacing Maalim Seif Sharrif Hamad who succumbed to Covid-19 on February 17, 2021.

The appointment came after a discussion between the president and the members of the opposition party, ACT Wazalendo.

Article 40 (1) of the Zanzibar Constitution 1984 as revised in 2010 requires that in case the First or Second Vice President dies, the successor would be picked within 14 days.

“And following powers vested on him through Article 39(4) of the Zanzibar Constitution of 1984 and after consultations with ACT-Wazalendo, the President of Zanzibar and Chairman of the Revolutionary Council Dr Hussein Ali Mwinyi has appointed Mr Othman Masoud Othman Sharif to be the First Vice President,” reads part of the press statement.

Earlier on Monday during an interview with a local media, the ACT-Wazalendo Party Leader, Mr. Zitto Kabwe disclosed that the name of the person to succeed the late Hamad had been submitted to President Mwinyi who is the appointing authority.

“The candidate conforms with the party’s criteria of advocating reconciliation and unity,” he said.