Friday 24 November 2017
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Tanzanian opposition figure Tundu Lissu, who was shot and critically injured at his home last month, is now out of intensive care, his party CHADEMA said Tuesday. Lissu, who was attacked on September 7, left the unit at a hospital in Nairobi last week, after having undergone 17 operations, CHADEMA chief Freeman Mbowe told media in Dar es Salaam. He can now eat and sit without help and no longer requires respiratory support, Mbowe said. When Lissu eventually leaves hospital, he will receive further treatment outside Nairobi, Mbowe added, refusing to give details for what he said were security reasons. Lissu, 49, was shot in the stomach and leg, according to local media reports, at his home in Tanzania's administrative...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Though its motto is "one Africa, one voice", the reality of "Africa's parliament" could not be more different. Since its creation in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has struggled to make its voice heard, prompting its deputies to ask themselves at a recent gathering: "What are we for?" "Every time we're here, we obsess over the same things. If we are not making laws, then what's the point of being here?" Corneille Padonou of Benin said to his fellow parliamentarians. "This forum is not a parliament, it is just a discussion platform that does not have any legislative powers. This institution is still wobbly," said Floyd Shivambu, a parliamentarian from South Africa. "As it is, it is a waste of...
(APA 10/16/17)
APA-Dakar (Senegal) - The president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, will deliver the Norman Borlaug Lecture on Monday 16 October as part of the World Food Prize events taking place from October 16 to 20, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The Norman Borlaug Lecture under the title: “Betting on Africa to Feed the World”, will be held on World Food Day, October 16, in conjunction with the annual World Food Prize celebration. AfDB President Adesina will receive the 2017 World Food Prize on Thursday October 19, announced a press release issued by the AfDB on October 16, which also said “the prize is to agriculture what the Nobel Prize is to peace, science and literature.” The World...
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
Twelve people were killed Monday when the minibus they were travelling in plunged into Lake Victoria in northern Tanzania, according to a statement from the presidency. President John Magufuli said he was "very shocked and deeply saddened at the news of the death of 12 people when their vehicle tipped into" Africa's largest lake, which also spreads into Uganda and Kenya. The statement said the vehicle was on its way to drop passengers at a ferry station when it left the road and plunged into the lake. Three passengers were saved by witnesses to the accident, local media reported.
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa is set to accelerate to 3.4 percent next year, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday, citing Nigeria's recovering oil and agricultural sectors. The IMF said in its latest World Economic Outlook report that the region would grow by 2.6 percent this year after 1.4 percent in 2016. "Growth is expected to rise gradually," it said, while noting that the rate would be uneven and "barely above population growth". GDP in the west African powerhouse Nigeria contracted by 1.6 percent in 2016, but is predicted to grow by 0.8 percent this year and 1.9 percent next year. The IMF said Nigeria was benefitting from "recovering oil production and ongoing strength in the agricultural sector", but the...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/05/17)
DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzanian President John Magufuli has revealed he earns a salary of 9 million Tanzanian shillings ($4,000) per month, making him one of the lowest paid African leaders as he pursues a much-criticized policy of deep public spending cuts. In a speech to local officials in the capital on Tuesday he also said his government had slashed salaries of executives at state-owned companies at 15 million Tanzanian shillings ($6,700) a month -- more than his own. “They can leave if they don’t want it,” he said. He said abuse of public funds was “rampant” at state firms and that he had rejected requests from some local officials to more than double their allowances, saying he could...
(APA 10/05/17)
APA Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) - Tanzania’s Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Charles Tizeba has on Thursday said while his government has not banned exports of grains it will regulate the process to ensure food security. The Minister made the statement while officiating the 7th African Trade Summit for East African Grain Council, with the theme "setting new horizons, rethinking grain trade for food Security and prosperity in Africa". He said while EAGC was advocating for policies allowing trade between countries it was imperative the government to know how much was being exported to ensure food Security for the people. "If we don't regulate grain exports, at the end of the day it becomes a burden for the government...
(Xinhuanet 10/05/17)
Tanzania has started a vaccination campaign against anthrax, an infection that affects livestock, wildlife and human beings, an official said Wednesday. Bedan Masuruli, registrar of the Tanzania Veterinary Council, said the campaign, launched in northern Tanzania's safari capital Arusha, targets thousands of livestock in a new drive to fight against anthrax, an infection caused by the bacterium bacillus anthracis. He said that cattle, sheep, and goats are highly at risk for anthrax, hence they will be vaccinated during a one-week campaign, which is being supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The disease is more serious in areas located in the Great Rift Valley in northern Tanzania, including two districts of Arusha, Ngorongoro and Monduli,...
(Xinhuanet 10/05/17)
Nine people died in Tanzania's commercial capital Dar es Salaam after drinking local brew suspected to have been poisoned, a local leader said on Wednesday. Margret Mugyabuso, the local leader at Kimara Stopover suburb where the grisly incident occurred, said several other drinkers have been admitted to Mwananyamala government hospital. Mugyabuso said two people died on Tuesday evening and seven others died on Wednesday while receiving treatment. "It is believed that they drank the local brew mixed with an industrial chemical," said Mugyabuso. The local area leader said police informed her of the ghastly episode at midnight on Tuesday, asking for her assistance. Enditem
(Xinhuanet 10/05/17)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) is currently looking for a co-financing partner to fund the 445 km Kenya-Tanzania highway, officials said. AfDB Chief Regional Program Officer Lawson Zankli told Xinhua in Nairobi in a recent interview that his bank has tentatively set aside 300 million U.S. dollars towards the road project that runs along the East African Coastline from Malindi in Kenya to Bagamoyo in Tanzania. "We are looking for partners to bridge the remaining 485 million dollars required to complete the transnational highway," Zankli said. The project will consist of rehabilitation of 215 km of bitumen road on the Kenyan side and upgrading from gravel to bitumen standards of 230 km on the Tanzanian side. Zankli said that AfDB...
(APA 10/05/17)
APA Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) - Former representative of the United Nations Funds for Population Activities (UNFPA) to Tanzania, Dr Natalia Kanem, has been appointed UNFPA Executive Director. The UN headquarters in New York announced the appointment on Wednesday in a press statement. The UN Secretary General António Guterres reveals that the Dr Kanem will serve the post for four years. The new UNFPA boss holds a doctor of medicine degree from Columbia University and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Washington. Dr Kanem, a Panamanian, is also a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University in history and science. She is the fifth UNFA’s executive director after having served as acting executive director since June...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/05/17)
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (HLT.N) plans to spend $50 million over the next five years to add 100 hotels to its chain in Africa, it said on Thursday, joining other chains keen to tap growing business and international travel on the continent. One property will open in the Kenyan capital Nairobi by the end of this year and another in the Rwandan capital Kigali in 2018, it said in a statement. There was 11 percent growth in Sub-Saharan African tourism in the past year, according to data from the U.N. World Tourism Organisation. Hilton said the remaining additions to its 39 existing African properties would be operational within the next five years. “The model of converting existing...
(APA 10/05/17)
APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) - The African Union (AU) will on Thursday endorse reports and recommendations on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment (ARWE) made by experts and senior officials in a meeting held on Monday and Tuesday. The endorsement will take place during the ministerial session of the AU’s Specialized Technical Committee on ARWE that opened on Thursday in Addis Ababa under the theme “Improve environmental sustainability and transform agriculture to ensure food and nutrition security.” These include policy papers and reports on agriculture, rural development, water and environment and recommendations and guidance on issues in the 2063 Africa Development Agenda, including agriculture, environment, climate change, and youth engagement. Among the points chosen for the discussions are the assessment of...
(APA 10/03/17)
APA Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) - Anesthesia medical experts from East African countries are meeting on Tuesday in Tanzania at the Muhimbili Orthopedic Institute (MOI) to undergo a four days training on Managing Emergencies in Pediatric Anesthesia (MEPA). MOI executive director Dr. Respicious Boniface told journalists today that this was the first time MOI was hosting the training. He said the training will help Tanzania anesthesia experts to operate children with different medical problems. " It's a great honor for the institute, because the event is one of its kind that has never occurred in East Africa taking into consideration that a majority of trainings were being conducted in Sub Saharan countries," he said. Ministry of health Permanent Secretary Mpoki...
(APA 10/02/17)
APA-Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) -The International Development Association (IDA) has issued a loan of $150 million through the Resilient Natural Resource Management for Tourism and Growth Project ‘REGROW’, whose development objective is to improve the management of natural resources and tourism assets in southern Tanzania. The credit which was approved Monday by the World Bank aims to achieve results over the next six years. In a statement, the World Bank country director for Tanzania, Malawi, Somalia and Burundi, Ms Bella Bird, said apart from improving management of natural resources, the loan is also aimed at increasing conservation and management of unique Protected Areas in southern Tanzania.
(APA 10/02/17)
APA-Dar es Salaam-(Tanzania) - Tanzania has on Monday threatened to take to court all agro dealers who inflated the price of fertilizer distributed through the voucher system, leading to a high price of Sh 38 billion ($16.5million). Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Charles Tizeba said his government is currently evaluating all voucher distributed in the last financial year, and those found guilty of inflating the prices will not be paid as well as taken to court. He made the declaration amidst complaints from fertilizer importers who claim that the evaluation has taken too long while their business is suffering from lack of funds. The minister said this on the sidelines of a fertilizer stakeholder’s forum that was held...
(AFP (eng) 09/29/17)
Government shutdowns of the internet have cost sub-Saharan Africa about $237 million since 2015, according to a study released Friday, as authorities increasingly implement planned disruptions. At least 12 countries have had internet shutdowns, often before elections or when protests erupt, with mobile internet networks most recently suspended in Togo during opposition demonstrations. "Internet disruptions, however short-lived, undermine economic growth, disrupt the delivery of critical services, erode business confidence, and raise a country’s risk profile," the CIPESA report said. The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) released its...
(Bloomberg 09/27/17)
Studio 189, a label founded by actress Rosario Dawson and fashion executive Abrima Erwiah, is reinvesting in its African roots. It’s hard enough to build a fashion brand, let alone an empire. Rare is the person who makes a mission of using fashion to build communities. Such is the case with Studio 189, a label founded by longtime friends Abrima Erwiah (formerly a marketing executive at Bottega Veneta) and Rosario Dawson (an enduring star most recently seen in Netflix’s Marvel franchise). “The idea is to produce everything in local markets,” says Erwiah. “Particularly in Africa, particularly in Ghana.” The founders set up the company in partnership with the United Nations’ Ethical Fashion Initiative, which also works with such socially conscious...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/26/17)
Israel’s Elbit Systems Ltd said on Tuesday it won a contract worth $240 million to provide a wide array of defense electronic systems to an unnamed country in Africa. The contract, which will be carried out over a two-year period, is comprised of Directed Infra-red Counter Measure (DIRCM) systems to protect aircraft from shoulder fired missiles, based on passive infrared systems, and includes missile warning systems, radio and communication systems, land systems, mini-unmanned air systems and helicopters upgrade.
(Reuters (Eng) 09/25/17)
New laws and a crackdown on mining firms in Tanzania has slowed fresh investment in what has long been seen as one of Africa’s brightest mining prospects as companies assess the consequences of government efforts to claim a bigger slice of the pie. Takeover bids and exploration plans have been canceled and workers laid off. The share prices of many firms listed in Australia, Britain, South Africa and Canada with interests in Tanzania have halved as the value of their investments tumble. The tumult follows the passage of three laws in July that, among other things, hike taxes on mineral exports, mandate a higher government stake in some mining operations and force the construction of local smelters to bring Tanzania...

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