Wednesday 23 August 2017
(Tanzania Daily News 07/14/17)
NO village will remain without electricity after completion of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA)’s third phase project, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has assured. 1 Comment The premier, addressing separate public rallies in his home district of Ruangwa on Tuesday evening, said the government has already al located 1tri/- for electricity distribution to 8,000 villages, countrywide. Flanked by his wife Mary, the Ruangwa Member of Parliament (MP), addressed Chiapi, Nandanga, Mbecha and Luchelegwa villagers on his second leg of a four-day working tour of Lindi Region. “President John Magufuli is very much concerned with his people and that is why he has set aside enough funds for power supply in all villages, including Ruangwa District,’’ Mr Majaliwa said, adding that the...
(Tanzania Daily News 07/14/17)
English Premier League side Everton FC jetted in the country yesterday ahead of their historic preseason friendly with SportPesa Super Cup winners Kenya’s Gor Mahia at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam this evening. The Blues travelled directly from Liverpool John Moore’s airport and touched down around 10am (EAT). The trip to Tanzania celebrates the Club-record partnership with gaming giant, SportPesa. Striker Wayne Rooney and fellow players were all smiles as Ronald Koeman’s side was received at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in Dar es Salaam by Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Harrison Mwakyembe. The Blues winger, a DR Congo international Yannick Bolasie received a hero’s welcome from hordes of Congolese fans at the airport. Bolasie,...
(The Citizen 07/12/17)
President John Magufuli yesterday cautioned regional administration and local government officials against financial indiscipline in public procurement and implementation of projects in their areas. He also said his government would collaborate with civil society organisations (CSOs) aiming at developing the country, but attacked those sympathising with teenage mothers. He was speaking at Mazaina grounds in Chato, Geita Region, where Benjamin William Mkapa Foundation (BWMF) was handing over 50 houses for health workers in three regions of Geita, Kagera and Simiyu funded by the Global Funds for fighting against HIV/Aids, TB and malaria. Global Funds issued Sh26.5 billion for the construction of 50 houses at Sh50.1
(Tanzania Daily News 07/12/17)
Tanzania is among five leading beneficiaries of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, having pocketed 1.9 billion US dollars (about 4tri/-) between 2003 and March, 2017. Former President Benjamin Mkapa revealed in Geita region's Chato District during the handover ceremony for health servants' 50 houses yesterday. Geita, Simiyu and Kagera regions received 20, 20 and 10 housing units, respectively. Benjamin Mkapa Foundation (BMF) executed the project through funding from the Global Fund. Mr Mkapa described the execution of the housing project as a perfect example of the public-private partnership, urging medics to work hard in serving the people notwithstanding their limited number. Earlier, BMF Executive Director Dr Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro said the foundation had so far constructed 480...
(The Citizen 07/12/17)
The government has shown commitment to expanding access to family planning by raising the life-saving services budget from Sh5 billion in 2016/17 to Sh14 billion in the current fiscal year. This was revealed yesterday in Dar es Salaam during an event to mark World Population Day. Speaking during the event, a representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Dr Hashina Begum, lauded Tanzania for its commitment to increasing the availability of modern contraceptive methods. This comes at a time when efforts aim at reaching 4.3 million more women and girls by the year 2020 up from the current level of 3.8 million. Highlighting on the day's theme: 'Family Planning: Empowering People. Developing Nations," Dr Begum said Tanzania had specifically...
(Cnbc Africa 07/12/17)
"Africa is an awakening giant," according to the former South African President Frederik Willem de Klerk speaking at the World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul. The leader who oversaw the transition of his country's power to Nelson Mandela said Tuesday that the future looks bright for a continent previously blighted by war, famine and a lack of infrastructure. "I believe Africa is an awakening giant and, yes, it is not performing according to what we expected soon enough, but it will perform," he said. De Klerk believes that African countries are primed to take advantage of the world's growing size. "If we look at food shortages for the rest of the world with a growing population, Africa is the solution," he...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/11/17)
Tanzanian President John Magufuli said on Monday he has signed into law new mining bills which require the government to own at least a 16 percent stake in mining projects. The laws, which also increase royalties tax on gold and other minerals, were passed by parliament last week despite opposition from the mining industry body. Magufuli reiterated on Monday that no new mining licenses would be issued until Tanzania "puts things in order" and that the government would review all existing mining licenses with foreign investors. "We must benefit from our God-given minerals and that is why we must safeguard our natural resource wealth to ensure we do not end up with empty mining pits," Magufuli told a rally in...
(AFP (eng) 07/11/17)
The Tanzanian government dissolved the country's National Sports Council on Monday, accusing it of deep-seated corruption. The National Sports Council oversees all sport in the east African nation, with its president and members being appointed by the sports minister, but it has been closed because of what government minister Harrison Mwakyembe called "corruption, favouritism, sloppiness and irresponsibility". The decision comes after the president and the general secretary of the Tanzanian Football Federation were detained late last month for alleged embezzlement.
(Voice of America 07/11/17)
In the past five years, terrorist attacks have killed nearly 20,000 people across Africa. Two groups, Boko Haram and al-Shabab, accounted for 71 percent of reported incidents and 91 percent of fatalities. But, while these and other militant groups remain active, fatal terrorist attacks across the continent are on pace to fall for a second straight year, and the total number of attacks is running far below 2012 highs. These findings are part of VOA’s original analysis of data from ACLED, the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project. ACLED tracks political violence, protests and terrorist events across Africa. Their reports include attacks since 1997 based on data collected from local news media, government statements, non-governmental organizations and published research...
(Bloomberg 07/10/17)
Many cell phone companies are rethinking their headlong rush into the continent. Only Orange is staying the course. Back when African countries were auctioning off mobile licenses by the boatload to serve the region’s young, tech-savvy population, investing in the continent’s fast-growing economies seemed like a no-brainer. Some of the world’s biggest wireless carriers rushed in. Now they’re wondering if they made a mistake. Increasing government and regulatory scrutiny, as well as a lack of expansion opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa, are making it harder for operators such as Vodafone Group Plc, Orange SA and Bharti Airtel Ltd. to grow. Their choice: Pull back or double down. Two companies beating at least a partial retreat are Millicom International Cellular SA, which...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
anzania's foreign ministry said Wednesday that 24 truckers driving in a convoy from the country had been kidnapped by the Mai-Mai militia in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Mindi Kasiga told state television the 21 Tanzanians and three Kenyans were driving trucks belonging to two Tanzania-registered companies when they were taken by the Mai-Mai, a "self-defence" militia made up of various ethnic groups that has clashed repeatedly with Congolese troops. "They were kidnapped by Mai-Mai fighters on June 29 in Lulimba, in South Kivu province, while they were on their way to the Namoya gold mine in Maniema province," Kasiga said.
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The African Union's new chair Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday questioned US commitment to fighting terrorism on the continent after it blocked efforts to get UN funding for an anti-jihadist force in the Sahel. "This is a specific case of a certain number of African states taking the initiative to create a dedicated force to fight terrorism. So, we don't understand how the United States could hold back or not engage in the fight against terrorism," Faki said in an interview with AFP. Faki's January election as chairperson of the AU commission came days after the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, who has proposed slashing US funding for aid projects and multilateral institutions like the UN. The former Chadian...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The costs of diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa could double to almost $60 billion annually just 13 years from now, as obesity fuels an explosion of the disease, a report said Thursday. In 2015, the overall diabetes cost in the region was nearly $20 billion (18 billion euros), or 1.2 percent of total economic production, according to research published by The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. This included medication and hospital stays, and loss of labour productivity due to illness or death. About half of all treatment costs were paid for by patients themselves.
(AFP (eng) 07/05/17)
A female Tanzanian MP has been arrested for allegedly insulting President John Magufuli, who is seen as increasingly authoritarian and unwilling to brook any dissent. The outspoken lawmaker, Halima Mdee, 39, from the main opposition Chadema party, was arrested on Tuesday, a day after she held a press conference slamming Magufuli for saying teen mothers should be barred from school. "She is accused of insulting president Magufuli," fellow lawmaker Said Kubenea said Wednesday. "This is all part of a campaign to crush any criticism (of the authorities)." At her press conference, Mdee questioned the "competency" of the president, who swept to power in 2015 as a no-nonsense, corruption-busting man of the people but has drawn criticism for an authoritarian streak...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/04/17)
Acacia Mining on Tuesday said it was seeking an adjudicator to resolve its dispute with the Tanzanian government, a day after the east-African country passed two laws to force companies to re-negotiate their contracts. Tanzania's President John Magufuli has sent shock-waves through the mining community with a series of actions since his election in 2015 that he says are to distribute revenue to the Tanzanian people. Speaking at a televised public rally in northwest Tanzania on Tuesday, Magufuli said he had decided to rush...
(Voice of America 07/04/17)
GENEVA — The U.N. children’s fund warns tens of thousands of malnourished children are at great risk in Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan, which are on the brink of famine. UNICEF reports an estimated 4.7 million children in the cholera-stricken countries are malnourished. Of these, UNICEF spokesman Christofe Boulierac tells VOA, more than one million are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. “Let me remind you that a child who is suffering from severe acute malnutrition are nine times more likely to die of disease than a well-nourished child," he said. "So, having cholera and diarrhea in countries where so many children are so fragile because of malnutrition among other things because of such a bad access to safe water is...
(RFI(EN) 07/04/17)
New tax rules in Israel could leave hundreds of African migrants worse off than they are. In May, the government introduced a new deposit law, enabling the governemnt to take 20 percent of migrants' salaries each month and place it out of reach. The money can only be accessed once they leave the country. Rights groups say the policy is designed to force them out of the country. "We're not pressuring you to leave but will make your life miserable so you decide to leave," Anwar Suliman, a Darfuri refugee living in Israel since 2008, told RFI . "Every time the state makes a different law, different pressure, but we said we can't go back right now." Suliman fled Darfur...
(AFP (eng) 07/03/17)
Tanzania and Zimbabwe shook off the weariness of playing four times within a week to reach the COSAFA Cup southern Africa championship semi-finals Sunday. An early goal from Elias Maguri gave Tanzania a 1-0 victory over title-holders and hosts South Africa in the first half of a quarter-finals double-header in northwest township Phokeng. A Knox Mutizwa header in the closing stages took four-time champions Zimbabwe through as they edged Swaziland 2-1 at Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in a thriller. Tanzania play Zambia and Lesotho face Zimbabwe in the semi-finals this Wednesday at nearby Moruleng Stadium in the South African platinum mining belt. Zambia beat Botswana 2-1 and Lesotho won 5-4 on penalties against Namibia after a 0-0 draw in the...
(AFP (eng) 06/29/17)
Tanzanian football chief Jamal Malinzi was on Thursday charged with embezzlement for falsifying invoices to pocket cash given by sponsors, court documents showed. Malinzi, who was arrested Wednesday, was charged alongside the Tanzanian Football Federation (TFF) secretary general Celestine Mwesigwa. Malinzi became head of the TFF in 2013 and is up for re-election in August. Both men pleaded not guilty to the charge and will re-appear in court on July 3. In a separate case, the president and vice-president of the Simba football club, one of the oldest and most successful in the country, were charged with money laundering. Details of the charge will only be given upon their next court appearance on July 13.
(AFP (eng) 06/28/17)
Tanzania's President John Magufuli plans to speed up the building of a hydroelectric dam in one of Africa's largest game reserves, despite criticism from environmentalists and UNESCO. The long-planned dam in the Selous Game Reserve, already listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in danger, could provide 2,100 megawatts of power to a country where only two percent of rural people and 39 percent of urbanites have access to electricity, according to UN figures. In a presidency statement issued Tuesday, Magufuli called for "the dam to be built as quickly as possible ... so that we can produce electricity which is vital to industrialisation." Experts from Ethiopia, which last year unveiled its own hydroelectric dam aimed at doubling its electricity...

Pages