Magufuli picks Court of Appeal Judge Mwangesi as Ethics Secretariat commissioner

Dar es Salaam. President John Magufuli has on Wednesday, December 23 appointed Court of Appeal Judge Sivangilwa Sikalalilwa Mwangesi as the new Commissioner of the Secretariat for the Ethics of Public Officials.

A State House statement signed by director of presidential communications Gerson Msigwa says that his appointment comes following the death of Judge (rtd) Harold Nsekela.

“His appointment takes immediate effect and he will be sworn in tomorrow, December 24, 2020 at the Chamwino State House in Dodoma,” reads a statement in part.

Judge (rtd) Nsekela died on December 6, this year in Dodoma aged 76 after a short illness.

On December 8, 2020, President Magufuli led hundreds of mourners in bidding farewell to the body of Judge (rtd) Nsekela during a funeral function held at the Chinangali grounds in Dodoma.

The funeral service was also attended by Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa and Chief Justice Prof Ibrahim Juma.

His body was then flown to Mbeya Region for burial held on Thursday, December 10.

The new Ethics Secretariat Commissioner Judge Mwangesi took an oath in July 2009 before the fourth phase President Jakaya Kikwete to be the High Court Judge after serving for several years at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court as magistrate.

Others who took oaths after being elevated are Hamisa Kalombola,Fatuma Massengi, Pelaggia Khaday, Frederica Mgaya, Ferdinand Wambali, Eliamani Mbise, Sekela Moshi, Moses Mzuna and former Court of Appeal Registrar Francis Mutungi.

On December 23, 2016, Judge Mwangesi was sworn in by President Magufuli to become the Court of Appeal Judge, a day after his appointment.

Others who took oath as Court of Appeal judges are Rehema Mkuye, Dr Gerald Ndika and Jackobs Mwambegele as well as Retired Court of Appeal Judge Semistocles Kaijage and Judge (rtd) Hamid Mahmoud Hamid as the National Electoral Commission (NEC) chairman and vice chairman respectively.

It was during this event that the former Public Secretariats commissioner, the late Judge Nsekela took oath of office.