Is it appropriate for the management of Tanzanian embassy in Stockholm to allow the position of Personal assistant to the Ambassador, a very sensitive position with highly sensitive and confidential information that even relates to Tanzanian national security or intelligence to be handled by a foreign national rather than by Tanzanian citizen or dual‐citizen?
By job description, a personal assistant not an ambassadorial secretary undoubtedly has first hand access to all the ambassadors in‐out correspondence. How could we guarantee that vital information is not been leaked to a third party or how could we attest to the loyalty of the said employee?
I believe there are many hard working and educated Tanzanians living in Sweden that are qualified for this position with better knowledge of the country, good communication skills (English, Swedish, Swahili etc.) and that would see it as an opportunity to contribute his/her quota to the homeland.
Had the Tanzanian embassy contacted all the affiliated Tanzanian associations (Tanzanian Förening) in Sweden, there would definitely be someone that will qualify for that position which will reduce the number of skilled or competent Tanzanian expatriates in Sweden that search for career opportunities such as this one.
The African embassies should understand that creating employment opportunities to registered
affiliated associations in Scandinavian countries will encourage more active participants in their folds. More members will be willing to join such association and more people will be looking forward to attend any organized events by the embassies/associations. With the increase recognition by African inter‐governmental and international organizations of the crucial role the African diaspora is playing for the continent's economic and political development; a good way for African governments to maintain diaspora concern and participation in the home and foreign affairs of their countries through engagements with their diplomatic missions abroad.
However, the bone of contention in this matter arises from the fact that Afro‐Scandinavians lack the unity and dynamism to take affirmative actions, first within their host communities and then towards their diplomatic representatives. Instead of advocacy through a united front with a diverse agenda, there is rather a plethora of African associations with few memberships that can be characterized as self seeking, individualistic and survivalist.
The intention of this article is not to incite prejudice, it is motivated by the observance of the especially very limited access to career opportunities, skilled African Diaspora face within their host and from their home countries alike. It is also to call the attention of the African Embassies in Scandinavian countries, to advise them to look inward to protect the interest of the Afro‐Scandinavian first, make use of these Africans living in Scandinavia with educational and technical skills to encourage others and purge themselves of personal interest. Above all, the collective interest of the country they represent should be the most important.
Written by Kenneth Fagbe with contribution from Nwanatifu Nwaco