SEE ALSO :Farmers compete with monkeys for foodNaturally, Tibaijuka must have built a nest over the 12-year stint at the UN, for issues of bread and butter do not concern her."It (her top UN post) is lucrative but man cannot live on bread alone. I feel I have enough to eat but I don’t think it (the job) is necessary," she says as matter-of-fact.She elaborates: "People like me who understand rural Africa have to pay back to the society," she says, explaining her decision to join politics. She is destined for Muleba South in Tanzania as the people’s representative in Parliament."I’m happy with my title as MP," she says, explaining that she beat the incumbent, long-serving Tanzanian Cabinet Minister Wilson Masilingi, in the primaries. She garnered 5,275 votes against Masilingi’s 2,092.
SEE ALSO :Trump, Macron agree on European defenseGraduating with a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in 1984, Tibaijuka taught at the University of Dar-es-Salam between 1993 and 1998, before joining the UN.She initially served as the Special Co-ordinator for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) at the United Nations Conference in Trade and Development, where she produced a manual for trade negotiations for LDCs in 1999, which is still in use.Her Nairobi posting came in 2000, arriving an institution that was experiencing managerial challenges and had poor structures. Donors were not interested, funding was dwindling, and staff unmotivated."I advised (Kofi) Annan (then UN Secretary General) that we needed to fix the structures," she says. Her prayers were answered when the matter was discussed in December 2000 at the UN General Assembly, recognising UN-Habitat as a full programme with decent funding.