Educated at Dodoma and the Alliance Secondary School (now Mazengo Secondary School) where he was a contemporary of Oscar Kambona, the ex-TANU secretary-general, who is now living in exile. He went on to Tabora School, the nursery of many Tanzanian leaders, and Makerere College in 1950, to get a diploma in education in 1953.
Job Marecela Lusinde (Job Lusinde) served as a Minister of Communications and Works since 1965. He then began his teaching career at Makerere College Demonstration School and his old school in Dodoma. He took an active part in local affairs. He joined the Tanganyika African National Union in 1955 and became deputy secretary of the Party in Central Province. He was also keen on local government affairs, becoming chairman of Dodoma town council in 1960, then executive officer for Dodoma District Council in 1959, and being returned to Parliament for Dodoma and Manyoni in 1960.
Minister for Local Government in the Independence cabinet of 1961, he then became Minister for Home Affairs in 1962. At the time of the army mutiny in 1964, when President Nyerere was forced to go into hiding, he showed great courage and remained at his post. He was not happy when he was re-shuffled to become Minister for Communications and Works in September 1965, but he has seen the post grow in importance since. One of his main responsibilities here has been the organisation and liaison with the Chinese building the £170m. Tanzam railway, from Dar es Salaam to Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia. He was left in this important ministry despite various major cabinet reshuffles in 1971 and 1972.