PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan has mourned the death of former Chief Secretary Ambassador Paul Rupia who passed away yesterday while receiving treatment in South Africa.
The late Amb Rupia who died at the age of 84 was the fifth Chief Secretary of Tanzania. He served the post between 1986 and 1995.
In her condolence message, President Samia said the country has lost a person who had great contributions in diplomacy, economic revolution and public service.
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the former Chief Secretary Amb Paul Rupia. We have lost a person who had great contributions in diplomacy, economic revolution and public service,” she said.
The late Amb Rupia was born in January 21, 1938 in Shinyanga region in the family of one of the country’s freedom fighters, politician and businessman John Rupia.
During his lifetime, he also served the government in various posts within and outside the country.
His journey in public service began in 1963 when he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an officer before he was appointed the Tanzania diplomat to the United Kingdom.
He also served as permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as Board chairperson for the Dar es Salaam Community Bank (DCB).
Moreover, he was the Tanzanian representative in Council of Ministers and summit meetings of Organisation of African Unity and Organisation of African Unity missions to Djibouti and Somalia in 1976.
The late Amb Rupia has left a widow, Rose Rupia and four children, Peter, Suzan, Pauline and Simon.