Warfa will join the U.S State Department as a senior advisor in Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights.
In a statement, Warfa lauded the Biden administration for exhibiting their confidence in appointing him to serve Americans.
President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken at the White House in 2013.
"As I prepare to represent all people of the United States, I am blessed by the colleagues, friends and family who supported my public service,”
“My late father regularly offered a special blessing for me, ‘May you be useful to society,’ and I welcome continued support in my new role protecting and promoting democracy," he noted.
The former refugee once worked at the state Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) as its deputy commissioner. During his tenure, he advocated for jobs bill in order to ease the economic woes brought about by the pandemic.
“I am confident Hamse will serve the people of the United States with the same integrity, policy expertise, and collaborative leadership that he provided for the people of Minnesota,” Minnesota's Governor Tim Walz lauded him.
Prior to joining DEED, he co-founded BanQu Inc- a company dedicated to offering low-income earners global access to credit and banking services.
During a previous interview with Forbes, Warfa noted how his time at the Dadaab refugee camp influenced his vision in coming up with BanQu. He and his family had stayed at the camp in the mid 1990s for three years before moving to the US and settling in Minnesota.
"We created BanQu for the world’s poor, refugees and stateless people so they can live their lives like the rest of us: cumulatively. Let’s say you are in Kenya’s Dadaab Refugee Camp, where my family was, and you have to move to Uganda.
"BanQu helps you relocate as seamlessly as possible, bringing your relationships with you… BanQu is mobile and cloud-based and, importantly, you own your data," he told Forbes.
Hamse Warfa (left) speaks to the crowd while being interviewed by journalist Sagal Abdirahman on May 7, 2015, at a book signing event in Minneapolis. COURTESY Kenyanns.co.ke
Tanzania's president on Saturday reshuffled her Cabinet as she continued to cement her political position ahead of the 2025 general elections.
Samia Suluhu Hassan publicly fell out with the speaker of parliament, whom she accused of undermining her authority.
Hassan hinted last week that she would reshuffle the Cabinet to purge "rebel ministers" who had joined the fray for the 2025 election nomination under the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party which has remained in power since independence from the UK in 1961.
Parliament Speaker Job Ndugai, who resigned Thursday, had been criticized by the president for saying "the country risks being auctioned" due to soaring national debt.
Though he later reversed his remarks and publicly apologized, the president flatly rejected his apology. There has been mounting pressure from the ruling party urging him to resign.
In the latest reshuffle, the president sacked ministers and brought in new faces.
Announcing the changes at the State House in Dar es Salaam, Chief Secretary Hussein Kattaga said the president made structural changes in three ministries.
The new faces include Nape Nnauye, former publicity secretary of the CCM who becomes minister of sports, culture and arts, and Ridhwani Kikwete who became deputy minister of lands, housing and human settlements.
Former high commissioner to Kenya, Pindi Chana, was named minister of state in the prime minister's office responsible for policy and parliamentary affairs.
Hussein Bashe was promoted to minister of agriculture with Anthony Mavunde his deputy.
Adolf Mkenda is the new minister of education, science and technology.
The president sacked William Lukuvi as minister for lands, housing and human settlement; Kitila Mkumbo who held industry and trade docket; Paramagamba Kabudi who was constitutional and legal affairs minister and Geoffrey Mwambe who was minister of investment.
The ministries of finance, defense, energy, tourism and foreign affairs remained unchanged. Anadolu Agency
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