Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete and Foreign Minister Bernard Membe have been putting the country on the Twitter map since 8 April 2011 and 28 May 2012 respectively.

President of Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete

Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete is one of the most conversational world leaders on Twitter as almost two thirds of his tweets are @replies to his followers, often simple ‘thank yous’ for their comments and compliments. Jakaya Kikwete tweets in English and Swahili and sends on average one tweet per day. Eight percent of his tweets are retweets, often of Foreign Minister @BernardMembe and Deputy Minister of Communications @JMakamba. President Kikwete’s account was verified by Twitter but he is not the best connected, only following eight people including his foreign minister but no other world leader.

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Jakaya Kikwete


The President of The United Republic of Tanzania (Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania)

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 03/21/2011
Language: English/Swahili
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 1.18
Retweets: 8%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.7
Replies/Tweet: 0.61
Tweets retweeted: 46%
Most mentioned @lifeofmshaba (34), @YerickoNyerere (31), @Ronaldlovechild (18), @Chahali (16), @AnnieTANZANIA (15), @kaseko (14), @Benjamin_Masige (14), @MissGeorgios (14), @FoundationJM (13), @calestous (13)

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Foreign Minister of Tanzania Bernard Membe

Tanzania’s Foreign Minister Bernard Membe, tweets nearly twice a day on average in English and Swahili since June 2012. The foreign minister mentions other Twitter users in every second tweet and a fifth of his tweets are @replies to other users. In September 2012, Membe also used his Twitter feed to rally his followers around Tanzania’s position in the dispute with Malawi over Lake Malawai (Lake Nyasa in Tanzania) by retweeting his message: “If you support the position of Tanzania that the border in Lake Nyasa passes through the middle and that Tanzania has the right to own the lake, Retweet”. It remains his most retweeted tweet.

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Bernard Membe


Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Republic of Tanzania

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 05/28/2012
Language: English/Swahili
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 1.51
Retweets: 27%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.39
Replies/Tweet: 0.22
Tweets retweeted: 57%
Most mentioned @BernardMembe (35), @jmkikwete (29), @zittokabwe (29), @Semkae (23), @Chahali (18), @lifeofmshaba (14), @tonytogolani (12), @bajabiri (12), @fredkavishe (11), @Kadulyu (10)

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