| Africatime
Thursday 23 March 2017
(AFP (eng) 03/23/17)
Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Thursday sacked his information minister after he criticised an ally of the president who had stormed into a television station accompanied by armed men. The sacking comes amid an uproar over the incident at one of Tanzania's main private broadcasters, seen as yet another example of the restriction of basic freedoms since Magufuli came to power in October last year. A statement from the presidency did not give any reason for the firing of Information Minister Nape Nnauye, and merely announced that a new minister had been appointed. On Friday, Dar es Salaam regional commissioner Paul Makonda stormed into the offices of the Clouds FM Media Group with six armed...
(Tanzania Daily News 03/23/17)
Police and other security forces here have arrested 200 people suspected of dealing in drugs and seized 3450.32 grams of heroin and cocaine as part of an ongoing crackdown of drugs and prostitution in the Islands. Updating journalists over the month-long crackdown, Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police (SACP), Mr Ramadhani N'ganza, said the arrested suspects include 32 prominent dealers who are still being investigated, while at least 18 cases related to drugs business have been filed. The operation is the implementation of a directive from both President John Magufuli and President Ali Mohamed Shein that no-stone should be left unturned in the war against illegal drugs business. However, he declined to release the names of the suspects for legal reasons...
(Tanzania Daily News 03/23/17)
President John Magufuli yesterday witnessed the signing of three agreements between governments of Tanzania and China to support expansion of police training institute in Kilimanjaro and construction of a building for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Co-operation. Through the agreements, Tanzania has secured 300,000 US dollars (about 660m/-) for the ministry building and 20,000 US dollars (about 44m/-) for the anti-narcotics campaign, according to a statement issued by the Directorate of Presidential Communications yesterday. The statement, however,...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/23/17)
N'DJAMENA French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen pledged on Wednesday to break with her country's decades-old relationship with Africa known as "Francafrique" and abolish the CFA franc currency policy that binds Paris and its former colonies. Francafrique describes an informal web of relationships Paris has maintained with its former African colonies and its support, sometimes in the form of military backing, for politicians who favor French business interests. Le Pen, one of the frontrunners in the presidential election, spoke...
(Voice of America 03/21/17)
Tanzania has announced a plan to send 500 doctors to Kenya after a doctors' strike paralyzed health services in the neighboring country for months. Kenyan doctors, however, say the government should not hire any foreign doctors but instead employ the more than 1,000 trained physicians who are unemployed. Tanzanian President John Magufuli announced the plan to dispatch the doctors after a recent meeting in Dar es Salaam with a visiting Kenyan delegation that included Kenya's health cabinet secretary, Cleopa Mailu...
(AFP (eng) 03/21/17)
Under a cloudless sky in South Africa's northwestern farming region, donkeys still amble along muddy paths, pausing to nibble on grass, oblivious to the threat from a demand for Chinese medicine. The gelatin found in the animals' skin has made them a target, leading to a growing wave of donkey slaughtering in several African countries, as gangs seek to fuel a lucrative, and in South Africa illegal, trade. Animal rights groups say the docile beasts of burden are often cruelly...
(Xinhuanet 03/20/17)
The World Bank said Monday that Tanzania would be able to access an estimated 2.4 billion U.S. dollars in concessional financing over the next three years, an increase of half a billion dollars over the past three-year period. Visiting World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said the bank was encouraged to hear about the tremendous reform efforts by the the government of President John Magufuli. He made the remarks at the launching ceremony for the construction of Ubungo Interchange in Dar es Salaam undertaken by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), which is funded by the World Bank with a total of 80.96 million dollars.
(Daily Nation 03/20/17)
Tanzanian doctors will start working in Kenya in the first week of April, Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu has said. Dr Mailu on Monday said the medics would be given two-to-three year contracts, and would be posted to national, county and faith-based health facilities. KNH VISIT Speaking during an impromptu visit to the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Dr Mailu said the recruitment of the 500 doctors was within the law. He dismissed claims by the doctors union that there...
(Agence Ecofin 03/20/17)
At the Africa CEO Forum which opened this morning in Geneva, AFD Group – in partnership with the European Union – unveiled the “African Renewable Energy Scale-Up facility”, designed to boost private sector investment in on–grid and off-grid renewable energy production in Africa. In order to meet Africa’s constantly increasing energy requirements, support must be provided for mass development of the renewable energy technologies – especially solar energy – that will play such a key role over the coming years,...
(Voice of America 03/18/17)
Each year, the University of Southern California hosts the African Global Economic and Development Summit, bringing delegations from Africa to meet with business leaders, government officials and others in the U.S. But this year, the African summit has no Africans. All were denied visas. Visa issues are not uncommon for people traveling from African nations. During her prior three summits, Mary Flowers saw a high percentage of her attendees unable to attain visas. "Usually we get 40 percent that get...
(New Vision 03/17/17)
Irene Muloni, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development expressed optimism that the pipeline will be done by 2020 The deliberations were heated. The media was locked out. After more than eight hours behind closed doors, the talks between Ugandan and Tanzania officials regarding the crude export pipeline ended past 9pm on Thursday night. After the talks, Prof. Sospeter Muhongo, the Tanzanian minister of Energy and Minerals revealed to waiting journalists that an inter-governmental agreement between Uganda and Tanzania will be reached this month regarding the subject. “The discussion today was fruitful. We are 85% sure that we may come up with an inter-governmental agreement document by the end of this month.
(The Citizen 03/17/17)
President John Magufuli has annulled an order given yesterday by the minister for Constitution Affairs and Justice, Dr Harrison Mwakyembe that all people who want to be married to have birth certificates. Dr Mwakyembe said in his announcement that the order would start on May 1 but speaking at Chamwino State House this morning Dr Magufuli cancelled it. Dr Magufuli said there was no point of putting birth certificate as a marriage criteria while only few Tanzanians have such documents...
(News Day 03/17/17)
The recent mission by Tanzanian buyers in Zimbabwe is expected to generate export business worth $1,5 million in the next six months and there is a huge potential for more business, an official has said. Trade promotion body ZimTrade recently hosted an eight-member Tanzanian business delegation, which sought to make orders from local companies. The buyers were drawn from pharmaceuticals, agricultural implements and inputs sector companies. ZimTrade’s public relations officer, Dillon Kamutenga, told NewsDay that the recent mission by Tanzanian...
(Tanzania Daily News 03/17/17)
A number of government institutions here have defaulted to settle their water bills amounting to over 1 billion/-, money that should be paid to the City Water Authority in Arusha. Topping the credit bill is the Regional Police Headquarters here which is yet to settle their 883 million debt owed to the water authority, according to the Managing Director of the Arusha Urban Water Supply and Sewage Authority (AUWSA), Engineer Ruth Koya. She stated here that the accumulated debts could...
(Xinhuanet 03/17/17)
Amid an ever rising cost of paraffin in Kenya, adoption of solar lamps for night fishing is rapidly becoming a cheaper source of power for fishermen at the expansive Lake Victoria in Western Kenya. A liter of kerosene cost an average of 0.55 dollars in March, 2015 against the average 0.7 dollars in early 2017 thus increasing the cost of input for the fishermen who spend 12 hours in the waters searching for a healthy catch. However, solar lamps are...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/17/17)
Tanzania has awarded a coal mining licence to the local unit of Nigeria's Dangote Cement as part of plans to lower the company's production costs and ease disruptions caused by energy shortages. The cement maker suspended output in December, citing technical problems and high production costs, but has since resumed making the building material. "The process of allocating a coal mining area to the Dangote cement factory was completed on March 11," Tanzania's energy and minerals ministry said in a...
(Voice of America 03/17/17)
One of the enduring legacies of the Barack Obama presidency will be the relationship built between the United States and young Africans. As part of Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), each year 1,000 young people from sub-Saharan Africa travel to the United States to spend six weeks at a U.S. college or university. The program will continue this summer. But building enduring relationships is a two-way street, and many in Africa want to see Americans coming to their continent...
(Xinhuanet 03/16/17)
China's aid to the education sector in Africa is helping boost teacher training, a key component in skilling the population to fast track development, a UN official has said. Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta, Director of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Regional Office for Eastern Africa, in an interview recognized China's contribution to Africa's education sector over the years. "We value the initiative in teacher training in Uganda and other countries in Africa. This will revitalize the teaching profession,"...
(AFP (eng) 03/16/17)
Africa will host a Commonwealth Games one day despite the blow of Durban being stripped of hosting the 2022 edition, David Grevemberg, the chief executive of The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), told AFP. Durban lost the right to host the Games on Monday -- just 18 months after being awarded them -- when it failed to meet criteria laid down by the CGF, primarily over costs. "I wouldn't want to make a judgement call," Grevemberg told AFP on the sidelines...
(Tanzania Daily News 03/15/17)
Ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) yesterday endorsed sweeping reforms, with its Chairman President John Magufuli vowing to fiercely fight the party's dependence and corrupt elements. The major changes following the constitutional amendments include reduction of members of the party's top organs, reduction of party meeting frequencies and abolition of unconstitutional posts. Before the changes, the party's National Executive Committee (NEC) had 388 members who have been trimmed to 163 while the Central Committee had its members reduced to 24 from the previous 34.

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