Sunday 24 September 2017
(The Citizen 09/22/17)
Dar es Salaam — The Law Society, the Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC) and Bar Council of England and Wales (BHRC) have written a letter to President John Magufuli to urge him to immediately carry out an independent and effective investigation of the facts and circumstances of the shooting of Singida East Member of Parliament Tundu Lissu. The lawmaker, who also doubles as the President of the Tanganyika Law Society (TLS), was on September 7 shot in the stomach and legs by unknown assailants at his Dodoma residency. "The shooting of Mr Lissu, and other events that have taken place with regard to members of the legal profession and the TLS in particular, are of...
(AFP (eng) 09/13/17)
Tanzania's main opposition party claimed Tuesday that the government of President John Magufuli played a role in the gun attack last week that wounded an outspoken politician and shocked the country. The lawmaker, Tundu Lissu, has had a series of run-ins with the government and has been arrested at least six times this year, accused of insulting the president and disturbing public order, among other charges. "The government is involved in this attack," Benson Kigaila, who handles defence and security matters for opposition party CHADEMA, told reporters in Tanzania's main city of Dar es Salaam. "Magufuli and his government harassed Tundu Lissu because he wouldn't stop criticising, in and out of parliament, President Magufuli." Lissu, chief whip for the parliamentary...
(The East African 09/13/17)
Tanzania and Uganda are among several African countries under the United Nations scrutiny for violations of sanctions against North Korea. According to a UN panel of experts’ report, Tanzania is under investigations over alleged military dealings with a North Korean firm, valued at about $12.5 million. The UN experts said Haegeumgang Trading Corporation is reported to be repairing and upgrading Tanzanian surface-to-air missile systems and air defence radar. “The United Republic of Tanzania has yet to respond to the panel’s...
(Bloomberg 09/08/17)
Two Tanzanian ministers resigned after President John Magufuli told government officials suspected of wrongdoing in an investigation into the nation’s diamond- and Tanzanite-mining industries to step down. Edwin Ngonyani, a deputy minister of works, transport and communication, said he resigned Thursday evening, declining to comment on the allegations. George Simbachawene, a minister in the office of the president in charge of regional administration and local government, who was also named in the probe, announced his resignation in a YouTube video posted by Azam TV
(Xinhuanet 09/08/17)
Communication ministers from the Southern Development Community (SADC) countries vowed on Thursday to turn the region into an information and knowledge-based economy. This emerged from a ICT (information and communication technology) meeting taking place in Durban, a coastal city in southeastern South Africa. Communication ministers from 15 SADC countries have been meeting in Durban since Monday to discuss the region's ICT infrastructure. The meeting, also attended by policy regulators, implementing agencies and ICT industry players, was designed to help create...
(AFP (eng) 09/07/17)
Prominent Tanzanian opposition politician Tundu Lissu, an outspoken government critic, was shot and wounded at his home in the capital on Thursday, his party said. "The attack took place at his Dodoma residence at midday," the main opposition party CHADEMA said in a statement, adding that Lissu was seriously wounded and rushed to hospital. The motive for the shooting is not known. Lissu, 49, has had a series of run-ins with the government of President John Magufuli and has been...
(Dw-World 09/04/17)
The government in Tanzania relentlessly continues to harass members of the opposition. While" there is no war, there is also no peace," says Tanzania political commentator Jenerali Ulimwengu. It is now becoming a near daily occurrence to witness this or that leader of the opposition arrested by the police on some charge that is not necessarily supported by the penal laws of Tanzania. A new normal is becoming acceptable in which even people's representatives - members of parliament and district...
(Al-Monitor 08/29/17)
With the objective of advancing his country's interests in the African continent, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi paid visits to Tanzania, Rwanda, Chad and Gabon on Aug. 14-17. The agenda included issues related to Egyptian national security, most prominently the Nile water dossier, and the military and technical support in countering terrorism in West Africa. Sisi's visits carried messages from the Egyptian political administration, most notably among them that Egypt intends to provide Chad and Gabon with immeasurable military and...
(AFP (eng) 08/24/17)
Tanzania's main human rights group on Thursday criticised the government for its "harassment" of opposition lawmakers, three of whom have been arrested over the past week. In a statement, the Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC) said the string of arrests amounted to a "violation of political and civic rights" in a country where multi-party politics is enshrined in the constitution. On Tuesday, opposition MP Tundu Lissu was arrested for allegedly insulting President John Magufuli after revealing that Canada had...
(AFP (eng) 08/23/17)
A Tanzanian opposition MP has been arrested for insulting the president, his party said Wednesday, after revealing an aeroplane bought for the national carrier was being held in Canada over unpaid debts. It is the sixth time this year the opposition's deputy leader, Tundu Lissu, has been arrested. Last week Lissu said a Bombardier Q400, bought by the government for use by Air Tanzania, had been seized by Canadian authorities over an unpaid debt of $38 million (32 million euros)...
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
China is dedicated to enhancing its cooperation with Africa in human resource development through knowledge and technology transfer, a Chinese diplomat said Tuesday. Liu Tao, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, made the remarks at the Chinese Government Training Program Fellowship Reception in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. He said China, since the year 2000, has sent over 2,000 agricultural experts and over 7,000 medical personnel to Africa, and has trained more than 80,000 Africans from more than 50...
(The Citizen 07/26/17)
Dar es Salaam/Arusha — Tanzania and Kenya plan to form a joint committee and set up a channel of communication to deal with future trade disputes. The decision was reached during a meeting between the Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, Dr Augustine Mahiga, and his Kenyan counterpart, Ms Amina Mohamed, last Sunday in Nairobi. The two ministers met to discuss a trade dispute triggered by Kenya's ban on cooking gas imports from Tanzania. Dr Mahiga told reporters...
(AFP (eng) 07/25/17)
A top opposition lawmaker in Tanzania has been charged with "hate speech" after calling President John Magufuli a dictator, according to court documents seen by AFP on Tuesday. Tundu Lissu, chief whip of the opposition in parliament and president of Tanzania's bar association, was arrested last week after holding a press conference where he criticised Magufuli and complained of a "climate of fear which reigns everywhere." After appearing in court on Monday, Lissu was "returned to prison," ahead of a...
(Tanzania Daily News 07/25/17)
The government yesterday dismissed as baseless and malicious allegations that Tanzania is interfering with Kenya imminent general election. The Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, Dr Augustine Mahiga, speaking to reporters in Dar es Salaam, said all the ballots for casting and counting votes are in the hands of Kenyans themselves. “What we know is that the voting exercise will be monitored electronically from the polling stations to headquarters. There is literally no room for cheating. We have...
(Tanzania Daily News 07/25/17)
The government yesterday dismissed as baseless and malicious allegations that Tanzania is interfering with Kenya imminent general election. The Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, Dr Augustine Mahiga, speaking to reporters in Dar es Salaam, said all the ballots for casting and counting votes are in the hands of Kenyans themselves. "What we know is that the voting exercise will be monitored electronically from the polling stations to headquarters. There is literally no room for cheating. We have...
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/17)
Tanzanian opposition number two Tundu Lissu was arrested on Thursday, three days after having called President John Magufuli a "dictator", party sources said. No reasons were given for the arrest of Lissu, a member of the main opposition party Chadema who serves as the chief whip of the opposition in parliament and also leads Tanzania's bar association. Government spokesman Hassan Abbas reacted to Lissu's comments earlier this week by saying in a statement "the government will not accept that someone,...
(AFP (eng) 07/20/17)
Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza arrived in Tanzania on Thursday for his first foreign trip in more than two years, seeking to revive political dialogue on the crisis in his country. Nkurunziza arrived with a heavily armed escort in the northwest Tanzanian town of Ngara, about 15 kilometres (eight miles) from the Rwandan border. The visit had been kept secret up to the last moment. He was welcomed by Tanzanian President John Magufuli at a football ground, where he was honoured...
(Malawi 24 07/17/17)
One of the country’s political commentators has hailed the resumption of mediation talks between Malawi and Tanzania over the longstanding Lake Malawi dispute saying it is a huge step towards resolving the dispute. Malawi government last week participated in the mediation talks on the Lake Malawi boundary dispute with Tanzania which took place in South Africa. In an interview with Malawi24, political commentator Wonderful Mkhutche said the talks are necessary and at this stage, Malawi has to take part. “This...
(APA 07/17/17)
The Alliance For Democratic Change (ADC) has asked the Tanzanian government to withdrew its moratorium on political parties bid to hold rallies. The government placed a ban on the activities of opposition parties, preventing them from holding rallies in a bid to prevent violence. ADC Secretary General Doyo Hassan Doyo told journalists in Dar es Salaam on Sunday that the oppositions bid is to hold rallies with its members and prepare for next elections. In view of this, he said...

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