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Home A GREAT LOSS FOR AFRICA AND THE COMMONWEALTH

Monday 13th October, 2014

A GREAT LOSS FOR AFRICA AND THE COMMONWEALTH

Dr. Shija (Front Center) with Members of the CPA Executive Committee - Seychelles Branch in 2010The Speaker of the National Assembly of Seychelles, Hon. Dr. Patrick Herminie has sent a letter of condolences to the Secretariat of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association

(CPA) and to the wife of Dr. William Shija following his untimely death in London, last week.

Dr.Shija, a Tanzanian by national, served as the Secretary General of the CPA from January 1st 2007 to October 4th 2014 and was the first black African Secretary General in the Association’s history. A holder of a Master Degree and a PhD in Mass Communication from Howard University, USA, Dr. Shija has held several key posts in his distinguished career serving as a Member of the National Assembly of Tanzania and a Minister in several Ministries.

Referring to Dr. Shija as a personal friend and a close friend of Seychelles the Speaker added that his demise will be a great loss for Africa and the Commonwealth. Dr. Shija officially visited the Seychelles in 2010 and was very active in strengthening capacity building and democracy in the Seychelles.Dr. Shija was born on 28thApril 1947 and is survived by his wife Mrs. Gertruda Peter-Shija and five Children.

 

 

 

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Ms. Haajira Jumaye

Public Relations, Communications and Protocol Officer