| Africatime
Wednesday 26 April 2017
(Tanzania Daily News 04/03/17)
While evidence shows that credit card penetration in the continent is a paltry 5 per cent, local banking industry is spearheading the use of electronic cards, even to the lowest cadres of the economic ladder. These dismal statistics are confirmed by a survey conducted by Moody's Analytics in March 2016 that revealed that Africa recorded the lowest economic impact of electronic payment globally. The report, nevertheless, advises that if there was only 1 per cent increase in usage of electronic payments, it could produce about $104 billion in consumption. A look at the Exim Bank Tanzania, for instance, quickly depicts a financial institution whose transformative algorithm in the payment system is revolutionising the overall payment ecosystem in the country. Besides...
(Tanzania Daily News 04/03/17)
Dodoma — The Parliamentary Committee on Constitution and Legal Affairs has advised the government to review death penalty laws to allow death row prisoners who have been in prison for a long time to have their sentences commuted to life imprisonment. The Committee Chairman, Mr Rashid Shangazi, said here yesterday that the review of the laws should also consider putting time limit for execution of the punishment and allow it to automatically change to life imprisonment if not implemented. Mr Shangazi said that once his committee recommended for review of the punishment, but the MPs are now proposing for time frame of executing the death penalty and if not implemented it should change to life imprisonment. "The number of prisoners...
(The East African 04/03/17)
Nairobi — The 2017 Mo Ibrahim Foundation annual Governance Weekend will be held in Marrakech - Morocco from April 7-9. A press release from the Foundation identifies the Palmeraie Resort as the venue for this year's meeting. The three-day event brings together prominent African and Africa-focused leaders, civil society representatives, multilateral and regional institutions and Africa's international partners to identify policy challenges and possible solutions. Violent extremism The conversation is normally extended to a wider audience through music, art and sport at major public events, showcasing some of Africa's brightest talent. The Foundation has released a report that sets the stage for high-level discussions in Morocco. The priority areas for the Marrakech talks, according to the report, include violent extremism...
(Tanzania Daily News 03/31/17)
NATIONWIDE access to electricity has more than doubled, from less than 30 per cent to 67.3 per cent during the past decade, Energy and Minerals Minister Sospeter Muhongo has said. Prof Muhongo revealed further that access to power in rural areas increased from just two per cent in 2007 to 47.5 per cent today, noting that 97.3 per cent of urban folks have been connected to electricity. "At 97.3 per cent access in urban areas, Tanzania is among few African countries to record high achievement as per global standards," Minister Muhongo stated yesterday during the ground-breaking ceremony for the 340 million US dollars Rusumo Falls Hydro-electrical power plant. The project also entails construction of transmission lines at a cost of...
(Tanzania Daily News 03/31/17)
Over 7,000 excess teachers for arts subjects in public secondary schools will be transferred to primary schools to curb shortage at the low level of education, it was announced here yesterday. Deputy Permanent Secretary, President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government, Education, Bernard Makali told the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that the move will also help to improve the quality of primary education in the country. Mr Makali said currently there is a shortage of 47,151 primary school teachers while there is a surplus of 7,463 teachers at secondary education level. He noted that the government has embarked on a pilot programme in Arusha Region and upon its completion it will replicate it in other regions across the country...
(AFP (eng) 03/30/17)
Some 60 Tanzanian Muslims say they have been held for four years without trial on terror charges and have threatened to boycott any future hearings, local media reported Wednesday. The majority of the suspects, who include preachers, were arrested in the mainly Christian northern city of Arusha, following a series of deadly attacks in 2013. They all deny their involvement in the violence which included an attack on a Catholic church during a mass attended by the Vatican ambassador to the country and the city's archbishop. "It has been four years since we were arrested ... but they are playing with us, we are brought here (to court) and then sent back to prison," one of the suspects told the...
(Agence Ecofin 03/30/17)
French dairy group Danone plans to become the majority stakeholder in the Tanzanian subsidiary of the Kenyan dairy firm Brookside Dairy. Without disclosing the terms of the acquisition, Danone informed the Tanzanian Fair Competition Commission (FCC) of its plans. The move which is still to be approved by the FCC should see the French company acquire all the shares of the Kenyatta family in the firm. Moreover, Danone will keep a minority stake in Brookside Dairy units in Kenya and Uganda. The acquisition is the most recent action of the French company’s expansion strategy in Africa. In the framework of its expansion across the continent, Danone partnered with the emirati venture capital fund Abraaj to acquire the capital of Ghanaian...
(The Citizen 03/30/17)
Dar es Salaam — The government has disbursed Sh2.864 billion to pay outstanding teachers' arrears in 45 municipal and district councils in the country. This is the second phase that the government is disbursing funds to settle teachers' outstanding arrears. Earlier this year, the government disbursed funds to settle teachers' arrears in 118 district and municipal councils. The permanent secretary in the President's Office (Regional Administration's and Local Government), Mr Bernard Makali, indicates that the money has already been deposited in the district and municipal council accounts. The PS directed district administrative secretaries to make sure the money was paid to teachers, whose names had already been verified. "The payment of teachers' arrears will start as soon as possible. The...
(Tanzania Daily News 03/30/17)
Over 7,000 households in Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi are set to benefit from 80 megawatts of electricity from the Rusumo Falls hydro-electric project along Kagera River whose ground-breaking ceremony is set for today. Tanzania’s Minister for Energy and Minerals, Prof Sospeter Muhongo and his Rwanda and Burundian counterparts are expected to grace the ground-breaking event scheduled at the Tanzania-Rwanda border. Each partner state will have a share of 26.6MW to be connected to their national power grids. The project is as well meant to strengthen the regional power interconnections between the three countries, which are also member states of the East African Community (EAC). Apart from the 7,000
(Tanzania Daily News 03/30/17)
JAPAN through its scheme of Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects has dished out 408,446 US dollar (over 860m/-) to carry out four projects to improve education and health services in three municipalities. The Japan Ambassador to Tanzania, Mr Masaharu Yoshida, said in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the assistance was also aimed at facilitating increased number of those who can access the basic health service. The Envoy was speaking at a signing ceremony with three municipalities, Temeke, Mafinga and Bukoba, in Dar es Salaam, Iringa and Kagera regions, respectively, which will benefit from the projects. The first project is construction of an operating theatre at Mafinga Hospital in Mafinga town. The hospital, congested with a lot of patients,...
(Xinhuanet 03/30/17)
The African Union (AU) is extremely appalled by the attacks against African students in Noida and other cities in India. The pan-African bloc has deplored the violence unleashed during the riot that started on Monday targeting Africans of various nationalities, particularly Nigerians, which resulted in loss of innocent lives and serious injuries, the AU said in a statement. The attacks have also resulted in the displacement of many Africans from their normal places of residence, thereby putting their lives in serious danger, it said. AU has expressed heartfelt condolence to the families of the deceased; and it wished speedy recovery to all those who have sustained injuries. AU has called on the Indian authorities to provide all necessary support to...
(AFP (eng) 03/29/17)
Dozens of Tanzanian Muslims accused of terror offences said Wednesday they would boycott pre-trial trial hearings to protest spending four years in custody, their families barred from visiting. Most of the 61 suspects, including preachers, were arrested in mainly Christian Arusha in the north of the country following a series of attacks which killed several people. They all deny implication in the violence which included a May 2013 attack on a Catholic church during an inaugural mass attended by the Vatican ambassador to the country and Arusha's archbishop. A local newspaper, Mwananchi, quoted one suspect as complaining to the judge that its was always the same story -- that the inquiry was not over. Another urged the authorities to come...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/29/17)
Tanzania's President John Magufuli has ordered a special audit of mining companies to determine if they pay their fair share of taxes to the East African country. Mining contributes 3.5 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) in Tanzania, Africa's fourth-largest gold producer, but the government wants the sector to pay more taxes. The order for an audit follows an abrupt ban on exports of gold and copper concentrates. "The government wants to verify if the relevant taxes are actually being paid," Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said in a statement late on Tuesday. Since coming to power in November 2015, Magufuli has promised to root out tax evasion, corruption and mismanagement, but some foreign investors have been rattled by...
(Washington Post 03/29/17)
A popular rapper was arrested and then released this weekend in Tanzania for releasing a song that criticized President John P. Magufuli. In the track, rapper Nay wa Mitego asks whether freedom of expression still exists in Tanzania, calls out the double standard in holding public officials accountable, and wonders whether the president considers himself Jesus Christ’s relative. Although Mitego’s arrest has raised alarms about declining rights and civil liberties in Tanzania, it fits a larger pattern of the president ruling with impunity. After the elections in late 2015, Ruth Carlitz and I warned that Magufuli’s regime leaned toward authoritarianism. [Tanzania loves its new anti-corruption president. Why is he shutting down media outlets?] Just last week, the president fired his...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/29/17)
Four Tanzanian children with albinism, who lost limbs in brutal superstition-driven attacks, arrived in the United States on Saturday for medical treatment and respite from a homeland where they are persecuted and feared. Weary from travel, the four stepped off a jet at John F. Kennedy International Airport, where Elissa Montanti, founder of the Global Medical Relief Fund (GMRF), was waiting to care for them. The New York-based GMRF hosts children from around the world who have been injured in conflict or disaster. Many need prosthetics like the children from Tanzania, where people with albinism live in danger. Their body parts are highly valued in witchcraft and can fetch a high price. Superstition leads many to believe they are ghosts...
(Xinhuanet 03/28/17)
Tanzanian Members of Parliament on Monday expressed concern that the east African country could be sued in international courts after imposing a ban on exports of copper concentrates for smelting abroad. Last week, Tanzanian President John Magufuli banned exports of copper concentrates by mining companies and told the miners to construct smelters in the country to boost mining revenue to the government. And on Friday, the government seized 262 containers ferrying copper concentrates which were to be exported abroad. But some MPs meeting in the political capital Dodoma ready for the marathon budget session that begins next month
(Xinhuanet 03/28/17)
A task force formed last year by Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa to investigate the mysterious death of a male black rhino named John said on Monday the animal facing extinction died from negligence. The task force recommended in its report submitted to the Prime Minister that disciplinary measures be taken against top wildlife officials after it was established that the animal died as a result of their negligence and misconduct. The report said disciplinary measures should be taken against the Director of Wildlife in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism Alexander Songorwa and an official with the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) Morris Kileo for failing to protect the rhino. The task force headed by the government chief...
(Voice of America 03/28/17)
The World Health Organization and U.N. children's fund are spearheading a massive immunization campaign across Africa to rid the continent of the last vestiges of polio. Tens of thousands of health workers will fan out across 13 central and western African countries to vaccinate more than 116 million children under age five against the crippling disease. The U.N. agencies report more than 190,000 volunteers, traveling on foot or bicycle, will go house to house across all cities, towns, and villages in 13 countries to vaccinate every child under age five against polio. The synchronized vaccination campaign, one of the largest ever conducted in Africa, will run from March 25-28. Director of Polio Eradication at the World Health Organization Michel Zaffran...
(AFP (eng) 03/27/17)
Tanzania's government ordered the release of a popular rapper on Monday, jailed over his song lyrics, insisting that President John Magufuli loves his music but advising him to include verses on tax fraud and drug use. Emmanuel Elibariki, better known as Nay wa Mitego, was arrested Sunday over a song allegedly insulting the president, who is showing growing signs of authoritarianism. But on Monday police said Elibariki had been freed on government orders. "Yes, he is free on bail," Dar es Salaam police chief Simon Sirro told the local Mwananchi newspaper. "Thanks to all those who have stood up, to support me, to support rights," the rapper said after his release. Elibariki is known for his political lyrics and his...
(AFP (eng) 03/27/17)
A popular Tanzanian rapper said Sunday that he had been arrested over a song allegedly insulting President John Magufuli, seen as increasingly authoritarian and unwilling to brook any dissent. "It is true I am under arrest. Right now I am being taken to the police station," the artist Emmanuel Elibariki, known by his stage name Nay wa Mitego, wrote on his Instagram account. The rapper, known for his political lyrics, and whose videos garner hundreds of thousands of YouTube views, was arrested at a hotel in Morogoro, some 190 kilometres (120 miles) from Dar Es Salaam. Morogoro police commander Ulrich Matei told local media that Elibariki was being held for "releasing a song with words that malign the government". In...

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