Sunday 28 May 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/17)
Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations met African heads of state on Saturday, the final day of their annual summit which has been marked by discord over climate change, but unity on tackling terrorism. Italy had hoped to make Africa the major focus of the annual G7 gathering, holding the discussions on the island of Sicily that has taken in hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past four years as they flee war and poverty back home. However, the two-day meeting got overshadowed by a suicide bombing in northern England on Monday that killed 22 people, and also got bogged down by lengthy discussions on the merit of free trade and the...
(The Citizen 05/18/17)
Dodoma — The government will promote 196,000 civil servants in the 2017/18 financial year, the Parliament was told yesterday. Minister of State in the President's Office (Public Service Management and Good Governance) Angellah Kairuki told the Parliament that since June 13 last year, the government suspended the promotion of civil servants to pave the way for verification. She was responding to Special Seats MP Salma Mwassa (CUF), who wanted to know why the government wasn't promoting eligible workers. Ms Mwassa added that the move, to a greater extent, demoralised the civil servants, who deserved promotion.
(Xinhuanet 05/12/17)
South African President Jacob Zuma said on Friday his country and Tanzania have agreed to lessen barriers to ensure strong regional economic integration that will help address triple challenge of unemployment, poverty and inequality. Africa need to soften barriers and boarders to ensure free and improved movement of people and goods, Zuma said. This is key for an inclusive economic growth in the continent and to ensure full implementation of the African Union Agenda 2063, Zuma said upon return from...
(The Citizen 05/12/17)
Dar es Salaam — President John Magufuli has assured a South African business delegation that is in the country of immense cooperation to explore numerous investment opportunities in the country. He said this when addressing the Tanzania -South Africa business forum on Thursday. Explaining about the opportunities, he said that among many opportunities, the country has 44 million hectors of land and only 10million hectors had been used thereby leaving a lot of land for investment. He further added that...
(Malawi 24 05/11/17)
Neighbouring nations of Tanzania and Malawi are still fighting over Lake Malawi with leaders from both nations taking conflicting stands on the matter. Malawi President Peter Mutharika on Monday spoke at the opening the 4th ordinary session of Pan-African Parliament in Johannesburg, South Africa where he called for the need for nations to avoid causing rows over borders. This was in reference to the longstanding row over part of the Lake Malawi which Tanzania claims it owns. Mutharika said: “From the 1890 Heligoland Treaty to the 1964 Resolution on Border Disputes among African States by the OAU
(APA 05/08/17)
South African president Jacob Zuma is expected in Tanzania Wednesday for a three-day state visit, in response to an invitation by President John Magufuli. Addressing members of the media on Monday in Dar es Salaam, minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relationship Dr Augustine Mahiga said the visit aims at cementing bilateral relations, and to explore various development opportunities. President Zuma will be accompanied by six ministers and at least 80 South African businesspeople. "He will be in the country...
(The Citizen 05/05/17)
The United Nations is still silent on the expulsion from Tanzania of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Director Awa Dabo. Ms Dabo was deported by the government last month over what the Foreign ministry said was sour relations with her subordinates at the UNDP office in Dar es Salaam. The issue was raised on Tuesday during a daily briefing by UN secretary-general's spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, who failed to state the reason behind Ms Dabo's expulsion. It was the third time the issue was raised during the daily
(The Citizen 05/05/17)
Members of Parliament have called on the government not to forget the Community Development Department, which too is very important. The call was made by MPs as they debated the 2017/18 budget estimates for the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children from Wednesday evening to yesterday noting that the department was being overshadowed after it was placed under a vast ministry. Ms Martha Umbula (Special Seats-CCM) advised that the department should be moved from the ministry. "I...
(Xinhuanet 04/19/17)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, will convene Wedesday the first UN-AU Annual Conference. The two leaders will look into how to strengthen the partnership between the two organizations to face common challenges and opportunities in the continent, on issues of peace and security, sustainable development and human rights, said Stephane Dujarric, UN spokesman, at a daily briefing. "They will also sign the Joint United Nations-African Union Framework for an Enhanced...
(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
(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,...
(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
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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.
(Xinhuanet 02/24/17)
East African Community (EAC) member states are fast tracking a comprehensive review of the Common External Tariff (CET) in order to protect infant industries, officials said on Friday. Kenya's Ministry of EAC Affairs, Labour and Social Protection Permanent Secretary Betty Maina said the EAC will review the criteria used in classifying goods that enter the EAC. "The intention of the review is to make the rules of trade facility as well as attract investments into the region," Maina said during...
(AFP (eng) 02/18/17)
Burundi's government on Friday asked Tanzania to arrest several leaders of the main opposition attending peace talks in Arusha in a bid to resolve a nearly two-year political crisis. The talks are the latest effort by former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa to mediate the crisis in neighbouring Burundi which erupted when President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run for a third term in office in April 2015. But the government has once again refused to attend the talks and negotiate with...

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