The former Tanzanian Ambassador to Sweden, Dr Wilbroad Slaa has just been relieved of his diplomatic status by President Samia Suluhu Hassan, a decision taken on the first day of September 2023.
This is according to an official statement from the Directorate of Communications at the State House in Dodoma, a release which was dispatched by the ‘Ikulu’ spokesperson, Zuhura Yunus.
“I saw this coming,” said Dr Slaa as soon as he was served with the letter which stripped him of the title.
“But if they thought the status would silence me, they were wrong, the war against the dubious DP World Port deal continues,” he insisted.
And as far as Dr Slaa is concerned, all the countries that he served during his tenure as envoy, will still recognize and accord him the ambassador status.
Born on October 29, 1948, Dr Slaa essentially lost his diplomatic status three days after celebrating his 75th birthday.
Dr Wildbroad Slaa was anointed to serve as Tanzania’s Ambassador to Sweden on 23 November 2017 by the former Head of State, the late Dr John Pombe Magufuli.
As he served as the Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania in Stockholm, Sweden Dr Slaa was also accredited to Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Ukraine and Lithuania.
Dr Slaa retired in September 2021 and two years later he had his diplomatic badge stripped off.
Previously, Dr Slaa vied for the Presidency of Tanzania during the 2010 General Elections on the Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo ticket, against the then incumbent Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete of the Chama Cha Mapinduzi.
The electoral commission declared Kikwete to be the winner of the polls.
Before running for the presidency, Dr Wilbroad Slaa was serving as Member of Parliament for the Karatu Constituency in the Karatu District of Arusha Region.
Dr Slaa announced his retirement from politics after the 2015 General Elections. Apparently, this was also shortly after the charismatic politician quit from his party, CHADEMA.
Recently Ambassador Wilbroad Slaa has been outspoken against the proposed deal to place the Dar-es-salaam Port under the United Arabs Emirate firm, DP World.
Two weeks ago police officers stormed into his house in Dar-es-salaam taking him away on what was being alleged as treason charges, but was later released on bail among other activists who were being held for days in custody.
After he was released, Dr Slaa maintained his stance, opposing the government pushed, DP World’s Dar-es-salaam port contract, insisting he wasn’t afraid and was ready for anything as long as he was defending the country’s resources.