Paul Bomani dies in Dar es Salaam
By Guardian Reporters, IPP Media
Sat, Apr 02, 2005
The chancellor of the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) and one of the country’s first Cabinet ministers, Ambassador Paul Bomani, has died.
The late Bomani had served as UDSM chancellor since 1993. He was also chairman of Tanzania Breweries Ltd and Tanzania Distilleries Limited since 1992.
According to information sourced by The Guardian from his personal website, the late Bomani was born on January 1, 1925, at Ikizu SDA Mission in Musoma.
He did his primary education at Nasa SDA in Mwanza before proceeding to Ikizu SDA Secondary School and Ikizu Teachers Training School.
Bomani later studied in the United Kingdom where he graduated with a diploma at Loughborough College in Leicester in 1954. He obtained a masters degree in International Relations at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, in 1976.
He first held a cabinet post in the then Tanganyika government in 1960 as Minister of Natural Resources and Co-operative Development.
After serving the government for 12 years, Bomani was appointed Tanzania’s ambassador to the US and Mexico.
He returned home in 1983 and joined the government again as Minister for Mineral Resources and Mining.
He changed portfolios until the time he left the government in 1990 as Minister in the President’s Office for Implementation and Co-ordination of Cabinet Policy.
Apart from serving in the government, Bomani also served as Member of Parliament for his area and held top ceremonial positions for a number of local and international organisations.
He is survived by nine children and several grandchildren.
Bomani will be laid to rest on Monday at Capri Point in Mwanza. His body is expected to arrive at Nyamagana Stadium in Mwanza at around 10am for viewing by relatives and the public before burial after a church service.
Meanwhile, special prayers have been scheduled for tomorrow at UDSM where residents, academics and government leaders will also pay their last respects to the deceased.