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Death of CPA secretary general William Shija |14 October 2014

‘A great loss for Africa and the Commonwealth’

The Speaker of the National Assembly of Seychelles, Dr Patrick Herminie, has sent a letter of condolence 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 national, served as the secretary general of the CPA from January 1, 2007 to October 4, 2014 and was the first black African secretary general in the association’s history.

A holder of a Master’s 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 Seychelles in 2010 and was very active in strengthening capacity building and democracy in Seychelles.
Dr Shija was born on April 28, 1947 and is survived by his wife Gertruda Peter-Shija and five children.

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