Tanzanian President appoints first woman defense minister

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan has appointed Stergomena Lawrence Tax as the east African nation's new minister for defense and national service. Dr. Tax previously served as the Executive Secretary of Southern African Development Community (SADC)./SADC Secretariat

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan has appointed Stergomena Lawrence Tax as the new minister for defense and national service.

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan has appointed Stergomena Lawrence Tax as the east African nation’s new minister for defense and national service. Dr. Tax previously served as the Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). /SADC Secretariat

Stergomena Lawrence Tax replaces Elias Kwandikwa, who died in early August.

Tax, who becomes the country’s first woman defense minister since independence, also served as the first and only executive secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), an inter-governmental organization established in 1992 to promote political, socio-economic and security cooperation and integration among its 16 members.