Wednesday, 23 June 2010 By The Citizen Reporter President Jakaya Kikwete has made new ambassadorial appointments with senior Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation ministry official Mohamed Mzale becoming Tanzanias new envoy to Sweden. The ministry said in a statement yesterday that Mr Mzale, who was the Director for the Middle East, replaces Mr Ben Moses, who has retired from public service. Mr Alexander Massinda is the new High Commissioner to Canada, where he replaces Mr Peter Kallaghe, who has been moved to Britain. Mr Kallaghe replaces Mrs Mwanaidi Sinare-Maajar, who was earlier this year appointed Tanzanias ambassador to the US. Before his appointment, Mr Massinda was the Director for Asia and Australasia in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation. Tanzanias envoy to Brazil, Dr Joram Mukama Biswaro, has been appointed the countrys ambassador to the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa. Dr Mohamed Omar Maundi, who was stationed in Addis Ababa, has been appointed the Centre for Foreign Relations principal. President Kikwete has also appointed Ms Begum Karim-Taj the countrys new envoy to France. He was the director of international co-operation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation. Ms Karim-Taj replaces Mr Hassan Kibelloh who has retired from public service. President Kikwete has appointed Tanzanias ambassador to the US, Mr Ombeni Sefue, the countrys permanent representative to the United Nations, replacing Dr Augustine Mahiga. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently appointed Dr Mahiga as his envoy for Somalia. Dr Mahinga, the new Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Political Office for Somalia (Unpos), brings many years of both government and UN experience, including in conflict management, mediation and humanitarian and recovery/development activities. Mr Mahiga has lengthy and pertinent experience in the Horn of Africa and other parts of the continent, which will be invaluable in his new position, according to a UN statement announcing his appointment last week. Prior to representing the Tanzanian Government at the UN, Dr Mahiga worked in various capacities at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). His roles included serving as Chief of Mission to Liberia, Coordinator and Deputy Director of the humanitarian and refugee crisis in the Great Lakes Region, and UNHCR Representative in India, Italy, Malta, the Holy See and the Republic of San Marino. Dr Mahiga succeeds Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah of Mauritania, who has served as the UNs envoy for Somalia since September 2007 and helped facilitate the Djibouti Peace Agreement, on which current peace and reconciliation efforts in the country are based. The Secretary-General acknowledged Mr Ould-Abdallah for his work on the recently adopted Istanbul Declaration that serves as a political pact between the international community and the Somali people on political, security, development and reconstruction issues. The Declaration was the culmination of a three-day international conference in May that was co-hosted by the UN and Turkey, a year after a similar summit was held in Brussel.