Friday 23 June 2017
(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...
(Xinhuanet 03/27/17)
There is need for China and its African allies to kick start a new dialogue aimed at revitalizing wildlife and ecological conservation in the world's second largest continent, a conservationist has told Xinhua in an interview. Kaddu Sebunya, president of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), told Xinhua that Beijing is an indispensable partner in efforts to protect Africa's iconic wildlife species that are grappling with human and climatic induced threats to their survival. "China is playing a big role in Africa's economic development and would like to see it direct more support towards protection of wildlife and vital ecosystems in the continent," Sebunya said. Sebunya noted that China's growing economic and diplomat clout place it at a vantage position to help...
(Bloomberg 03/24/17)
Tanzanian President John Magufuli warned media organizations against “inflammatory” reporting, a day after he fired a cabinet minister who defended press freedom. “Media owners, let me tell you: Be careful. Watch it,” Magufuli said Friday in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. “If you think you have that kind of freedom -- not to that extent.” Magufuli on Thursday dismissed Information Minister Nape Nnauye, who this week ordered an inquiry into a regional commissioner who tried to force a privately owned media company to broadcast footage about a paternity case involving a political rival. The commissioner, Paul Makonda, is an ally of Magufuli, according to Dubai-based research
(Reuters (Eng) 03/24/17)
Gold miner Acacia Mining said it was incurring an average daily loss of more than $1 million in revenue at its two mines in Tanzania due to a local government directive banning exports of gold and copper concentrate. Shares in the company were down as much as 1.6 percent in early morning trade, compared with a marginally lower FTSE mid-cap index. Tanzania's energy and minerals ministry imposed a ban earlier this month on sending copper concentrate or mineral sand for processing abroad, putting 30 percent of Acacia's revenue at risk. Acacia, majority owned by Barrick Gold, has three gold mines in Tanzania that also produce copper. Tanzania is Africa's fourth-largest gold producer and Acacia its largest miner. Like other African...
(Standard Digital 03/24/17)
Tanzanian president John Pombe Magufuli told president Uhuru Kenyatta that Kenya is bound to become a very great nation if as Kenyans we will stand out and uproot tribalism. Addressing delegates who had accompanied President Uhuru when he had gone to seek bilateral trade ties between Tanzania and Kenya president Magufuli said that it is very sad to see a country with few ethnic tribes than Tanzania struggle with tribalism menace. “ As I was talking to President Uhuru Kenyatta he told me that in Kenya they have 43 tribes while in Tanzania we have 121 tribes,” said Magufuli. According to him, Tanzania is united because they have a common uniting language which is Kiswahili.Meaning all Tanzanians are waswahilis. He...
(Xinhuanet 03/24/17)
A group of non-government organizations (NGOs) on Friday called on African leaders to find practical solutions to protect and assist Somali refugees and asylum seekers facing ongoing conflict and a humanitarian crisis in Somalia. In a joint statement issued on the eve of the regional summit on refugees, members of the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS), Somalia NGO Consortium and the Inter-agency Working Group (IAWG) expressed hope that the leaders will take practical steps towards the development and implementation of a comprehensive regional approach. "It is hoped that such an approach, developed in the spirit of the New York Declaration, will support countries and communities that host Somali refugees in improving asylum space, integrated access to services, inclusive economic opportunities...
(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 men to demand the airing...
(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, did not indicate the amount of money that the Chinese government will provide for expansion of the police institute in Moshi, Kilimanjaro Region. Dr Magufuli witnessed the signing after a meeting with visiting member of the Communist Party of China...
(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 at the end of a two-day visit to Chad where she sought to outline her policies regarding the continent, which has long held an important place in French foreign policy. "It was only in coming here and explaining that I...

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