| Africatime
Monday 27 February 2017
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
Tanzania on Monday backed out of its plan to publish a list of names of gay people accused of selling sex online, saying this would "destroy evidence". Deputy health minister Hamisi Kigwangalla had called a press conference on Monday to publicise the list, after announcing the plan earlier this month. "We cancelled the press conference. We are not going to announce the names of (LGBTs) who publicly market themselves for technical reasons," he wrote on Twitter. "For strategic reasons and to avoid destroying evidence we will deal with this issue differently and will keep you informed at every step." He also said that releasing the names would be akin to "freeing a devil in a...
(Xinhuanet 02/27/17)
Tanzania has started re-mapping and demarcating all key national parks, game and forest reserves with the planting of new beacons around the borderlines of the sanctuaries, a senior official said Sunday. The move is meant to reduce human-wildlife conflicts, taking into accounts that some people have been encroaching into the protected areas for pastures, poaching and illegal logging. "We are executing the directives from Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa who ordered that boundaries surrounding all national parks, game and forest reserves to be clearly identified and beaconed so as to avert future land conflicts and solve the existing territorial strife between conservationists and villages surrounding protected areas," said Paschal Shelutete, Public Relations Manager for Tanzania National Parks. He said the exercise...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
An African road movie about four women wowed its audience Sunday as it kicked off the Panafrican cinema and television festival (Fespaco), a showcase for the continent's burgeoning film industry. "Borders" ("Frontieres") directed by Apolline Traore, a Fespaco laureate in 2013, sweeps across Africa as its protagonists journey through Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin on their way to Nigeria. Along the way the women -- Ivorian, Senegalese, Burkinabe and Nigerian actresses -- are spared nothing as they are beset...
(Tanzania Daily News 02/24/17)
President John Magufuli has showered praise on the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH), in particular, surgeons and staff who saved the life of one Neema Mwita Wambura who suffered severe burns on her body two years ago. Ms Neema was allegedly burnt with boiling porridge by her husband in Kyagata village of Tarime District in Mara Region in 2014. She suffered severe injuries on her chest, neck and hands. The Director of Presidential Communications, Gerson Msigwa, delivered the message yesterday when...
(Xinhuanet 02/24/17)
East African Community (EAC) member states are fast tracking a comprehensive review of the Common External Tariff (CET) in order to protect infant industries, officials said on Friday. Kenya's Ministry of EAC Affairs, Labour and Social Protection Permanent Secretary Betty Maina said the EAC will review the criteria used in classifying goods that enter the EAC. "The intention of the review is to make the rules of trade facility as well as attract investments into the region," Maina said during...
(Xinhuanet 02/23/17)
Over two million wildebeests that were supposed to give birth to 500,000 new calves this year reportedly delayed their reproduction exercise biologically, waiting for rains. And when the precipitation took longer, they shifted their breeding location. Susuma Kusekwa, the Senior Tourism Promotion Officer for the Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) said on Thursday that the wildebeests are capable of holding on to pregnancy for an extended 2 or 3 months, awaiting favorable condition before releasing their babies into the world. But,...
(AFP (eng) 02/23/17)
For the first time in Africa, researchers said Wednesday they have detected a malaria parasite that is partially resistant to the top anti-malaria drug, artemisinin, raising concern about efforts to fight a disease that sickens hundreds of millions of people each year. The discovery means that Africa now joins southeast Asia in hosting such drug-resistant forms of the mosquito-borne disease. Malaria infected more than 200 million people and killed some 438,000 people worldwide in 2015, most of them children in...
(Tanzania Daily News 02/22/17)
ANNUAL value of exports of goods and services has increased by 5.2 percent to 9,381.6m/- US dollar in December 2016, according to the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) monthly economic review for January, 2017. According to the report, to a large extent, the increase came from improved performance across the major exports, save for manufactured goods exports that slightly declined. Annual value of traditional export rose by 11.6 percent to 885.6m/- US dollar in December 2016 from the corresponding period in...
(Tanzania Daily News 02/22/17)
THE Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange equity market turnover weakened by 44 percent, closing this week at 228m/- compared to 406.46m/- posted on the previous week. The top trading equities that dominated the market share in this week were Tanzania Breweries Ltd (TBL) at 33 percent, followed by Mwalimu Commercial Bank (MCB) at 20 percent and the self-listed Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE) at 18 percent. Others in the list include Mkombozi Commercial Bank (MKCB) at 9percent, CRDB Bank...
(Daily Nation 02/22/17)
Bungoma Governor Ken Lusaka has been caught up in a high stakes trade war between Kenya and Tanzania after an Arusha company alleged he had instructed it to label fertiliser bags it was exporting "Made in Kenya". Tanzania took the matter so seriously that Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa on Monday visited Minjingu Fertiliser Plant, a few kilometres from Arusha on the Dodoma Highway. This was after it was discovered the company had several 50kg-bags labelled "County Government of Bungoma-Nafaka Plus"...
(Dw-World 02/22/17)
Tanzanian President Magufuli's threat to clamp down on homosexuals is creating a climate of hatred and fear. It is not the first time the government has targeted certain groups, thereby provoking heated debate. In Tanzania President John Magufuli's political style is changing, increasingly showing symptoms of a strongman mentality. In the past he was seen more as a progressive ruler. But recent threats to clamp down on gays in the country are creating a climate of hate and fear. Gays...
(Xinhuanet 02/22/17)
Africa Energy Indaba, the continent's premier energy event, kicked off in Johannesburg on Monday with the aim of finding solutions to the continent's energy future. The three-day conference is being attended by the governments' representatives, business and funders. The meeting seeks to unleash the continent's potential by coming up with an energy mix to develop Africa. Dr. Garth Strachan, Deputy Director General and Head of Gas Industrialization Unit in South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry said the recent discoveries...
(Bloomberg 02/21/17)
Ashish Thakkar, who co-founded Africa banking conglomerate Atlas Mara Ltd. with ex-Barclays Plc head Bob Diamond, lost a ruling over the ownership of family assets in a London divorce case, with a judge questioning Thakkar’s truthfulness. Judge Philip Moor ruled that Thakkar, and not his mother and sister, was the owner of disputed assets in the divorce. He found that the 35-year-old owned 100 percent of Mara Group Holdings Ltd. and other corporate entities. The result will have ramifications in...
(AFP (eng) 02/18/17)
Burundi's government on Friday asked Tanzania to arrest several leaders of the main opposition attending peace talks in Arusha in a bid to resolve a nearly two-year political crisis. The talks are the latest effort by former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa to mediate the crisis in neighbouring Burundi which erupted when President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run for a third term in office in April 2015. But the government has once again refused to attend the talks and negotiate with...
(Xinhuanet 02/16/17)
The Tanzanian government on Thursday launched a new project to reduce chronic malnutrition in children in Lake Zone regions of Mwanza, Shinyanga, Geita, Kagera and Kigoma. A statement issued in Dar es Salaam said the project known as Mtoto Mwerevu, a Kiswahili term for a "Smart Child", will be implemented in partnership with the Britain's Department for International Development (UKAID). The statement said the project aimed at reducing the prevalence of stunting by at least 7 percent within 4 years, preventing stunting in more than 50,000 children under five.
(Xinhuanet 02/16/17)
The Burundian government has decided to boycott talks due in Arusha, Tanzania on Feb. 16-18, aimed at settling the east African country's 2015 crisis, the Burundian government said Wednesday night in a statement. "The Burundian government will not send delegates to the Arusha talks due on Feb. 16-18 this year. Burundian citizens need international solidarity, but they have the right to be respected during their choice in the dialogue process," Burundian Government Spokesman Philippe Nzobonariba said in the statement. According...
(Tanzania Daily News 02/16/17)
China yesterday clarified that an agreement signed between Tanzania and Governor of Exim Bank of China was meant to facilitate a feasibility study, not an agreement for a loan from China to Tanzania for the construction of central line railway. China has meantime commended Turkish and Portuguese firms that have since won bids to construct the country's first phase of the 250km-stretch of Standard Gauge Railway from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro. Overall, the central line spans 1,216km. Speaking during...
(Xinhuanet 02/16/17)
At least 168 people, 28 of them women, have been arrested in Tanzania's capital Dodoma in connection with narcotic drugs, authorities said Wednesday. Christina Mndeme, Dodoma District Commissioner said that the suspects were arrested in different locations across the city for the past two weeks when the countrywide narcotic drugs crackdown started. She disclosed that those arrested are currently languishing in police custody, as they wait for the investigation before being taken to court. According to Mdeme, most of the...
(AFP (eng) 02/15/17)
Sub-Saharan Africa, where more than a half billion people live without electricity, trails the world in government policies that promote sustainable energy, according to a new World Bank report Wednesday. Much of the rest of the world, however, has made strides toward making energy broadly available, developing renewable power sources and increasing efficiency, the inaugural Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy report said. In a survey of 111 countries, the World Bank found that through 2015 nearly 80 percent had begun...
(Voice of America 02/14/17)
U.S. President Donald Trump made his first phone calls to African heads of state Monday, speaking with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and South African President Jacob Zuma. Nigeria and South Africa said the calls were made at the request of the U.S. president, who until now has said little about Africa or African issues since assuming office last month. The Nigerian presidency said Trump and Buhari discussed issues of terrorism, and said Trump assured Buhari the United States is ready...

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