William Shija

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Dr William F. Shija
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Secretary General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
In office
1 January 2007 – 4 October 2014
Preceded by Denis Marshall
Member of Parliament
for Sengerema
In office
Succeeded by William Ngeleja
Personal details
Born (1947-04-28)28 April 1947
Died 4 October 2014(2014-10-04) (aged 67)
London, United Kingdom
Resting place Sengerema, Tanzania
Nationality Tanzanian
Political party CCM
Spouse(s) Getruda Peter Shija
Children 5
Alma mater Howard University (PhD)

William Ferdinand Shija (28 April 1947 – 4 October 2014) was a Tanzanian politician and the immediate former Secretary General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. He had also served as a member of the African Union's Pan-African Parliament.[1]

Early life and career

Before entering politics, Shilja worked as a civil servant and a teacher. After receiving higher education in India and the United States, he taught communications in Tanzania.


Shija was a member of the National Assembly of Tanzania from 1990 to 2005. During this time he held the positions of Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education; Minister for Information and Broadcasting; Minister for Energy and Minerals; and Minister for Industries and Trade. He was a member of the Pan-African Parliament in 2004 and 2005 and chaired the Committee on Education, Culture, Tourism and Human Resources.[2] He was appointed the first African Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association on September 9, 2006 and took up the position on January 1, 2007. His term will last five years.

Personal life

Shija is married with five children. Since assuming the post of Secretary-General of the CPA, he has lived in London.[2] Dr. Shija was a patron for a Welsh based charity that works extensively in Tanzania.[3]


He died on 4 October 2014 in London.[4][5] He was buried in his home village of Nyampande in Sengerema District, Mwanza Region.[6]


  1. ^ "Member of Parliament CV". Parliament of Tanzania. 2005. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b "News Release:Tanzanian to head Commonwealth organization". Archived from the original (PDF) on October 20, 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-18.
  3. ^ http://www.tfsrcymru.org.uk
  4. ^ "CPA Secretary-General Dr William F. Shija dies in London, UK" (PDF) (Press release). Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-06.
  5. ^ Raphaely, Lawrence (5 October 2014). "Shija is no more". Daily News. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  6. ^ Chacha, Emmanuel (14 October 2014). "Bilal leads hundreds in Shija farewell". The Citizen. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
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