IN the Tanzanian political arena, Dr Emmanuel Nchimbi is not a new face. His name has been in the limelight for several years within the CCM intra-party politics and beyond.
For the last few years, Dr Nchimbi has not been actively involved in politics after being appointed as an ambassador, representing Tanzania in different countries including Brazil and Egypt.
However, his appointment as the party’s Secretary General yesterday means that he is now back in active politics.
His political journey
Dr Nchimbi’s political journey began in 1997 after graduating from the Institute of Development Management-Mzumbe (IDM-Mzumbe).
During that time, he was elected as a member of the CCM’s National Executive Committee (NEC). In 1998, he was chosen as the national chairman of the party’s youth wing (UVCCM).
The IDM-Mzumbe was a higher learning institution for training professional managers in the public and private sectors.
During the third-phase government under the late President Benjamin Mkapa, Dr Nchimbi was appointed as the Bunda District Commissioner, serving from 2003 to 2005. Afterward, he returned to his hometown of Songea Urban to contest for a parliamentary seat.
In the 2005 General Election, Dr Nchimbi ran for the Songea Urban constituency, competing with Edson Mbogoro from the opposition CHADEMA. He won by 67.6 per cent, while his closest rival, Mr Mbogoro, received 30.5 per cent.
Soon after becoming an MP, he was appointed as the Deputy Minister for Information, Culture and Sport by the fourth-phase President, Dr Jakaya Kikwete.
He served in the position until 2006. He was then transferred to the Ministry of Employment, Labour, and Youth, where he served as Deputy Minister until February 2008.
In November 2010, he was moved to the Ministry of Defence and National Service, still as Deputy Minister, until November 2010.
During the 2010 elections, Dr Nchimbi emerged winner of the Songea parliamentary election for the second time, garnering 59.9 per cent of the total votes.
He was then appointed as the Minister for Information, Culture, and Sport, a position he held until 2012. He was then transferred to the Ministry of Home Affairs before resigning in December 2013.
In December 2016, the late President Dr John Magufuli appointed Dr Nchimbi as an ambassador and between 2016 and 2021, he served as Tanzania’s ambassador to Brazil. He then represented Tanzania in Egypt between 2022 and 2023.
Dr Nchimbi began his primary education in Dar es Salaam at Oysterbay Primary School from 1980 to 1986. His father, Mzee John Nchimbi, was a former policeman from Songea District who retired as Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) and Mtwara Regional Police Commander. His father was also a member of the CCM’s National Executive Committee (NEC) during the one-party system but stopped engaging in politics when the multiparty system started in Tanzania.
Dr Nchimbi attended Uru Secondary School in 1987 for Form One to Form Three before transferring to Sangu Secondary School to complete his O’level education in 1990. He then went to Forest Hill Secondary School in Mbeya Region for A’level education from 1991 to 1993.
Afterward, he joined the IDM Mzumbe in Morogoro from 1994 to 1997, where he earned an Advanced Diploma in Administration.
He was elected as a member of the CCM’s National Executive Committee (NEC) after graduating from IDM and was chosen as the national chairman of the party’s youth wing (UVCCM) in 1998.
From 1998 to 2003, Dr Nchimbi worked as an employee of the National Environment Management Council (NEMC). He also studied at Mzumbe University from 2001 to 2003, pursuing a Master’s degree of Business Administration with a major in banking and finance. He then pursued a doctorate degree programme at Mzumbe University from 2008 to 2011.