Monday 24 July 2017
(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, or a group of people, abuse the freedom of expression". Lissu was arrested at Dar es Salaam airport as he attempted to take a plane to Rwanda, Chadema spokesman Tumaini Makene told AFP. On Monday...
(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 with a 21-gun salute, live TV coverage on Tanzanian television showed. "Their discussion will cover, among other issues, the peace process" in Burundi, Macocha Tembele, an aide to former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa who has been working as a facilitator...
(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...
(Malawi 24 07/14/17)
Malawi’s lake wrangle with neighbouring country Tanzania will not end soon as the High Level Mediation Team on the issue has proposed that heads of the two countries are to give guidance on the resolutions made in Pretoria, South Africa. The development follows mediation talks that Malawi had with Tanzania on the lake issue as the two differ on ownership; Tanzania claims that part of Lake Malawi belongs to it while Malawi says it owns the whole lake. The mediation...
(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...
(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...
(Tanzania Daily News 06/06/17)
President John Pombe Magufuli has sworn- in Ms Anna Elisha Mghwira, the former presidential candidate for the Alliance for Democratic Change (ACT Wazalendo), as the new Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner (RC). Speaking after swearing-in the RC at the State House in Dar es Salaam today, Dr Magufuli assured the National Chairperson of opposition party ACT-Wazalendo of full co-operation from the government in discharging her day to day responsibilities. Ms Mghwira fills the position which was left vacant by the former Regional...
(Xinhuanet 06/06/17)
Delegates of an African conference in solidarity with Cuba on Monday called on the United States to lift its over 50-year economic blockade against Cuba. "We applaud the positive development in this respect and we commend the U.S. government and Cuba for their efforts towards normalizing of ties," said Namibian President Hage Geingob, officially opening the fifth Continental Africa Conference in Solidarity with Cuba here on Monday. "However, there is still much ground left to cover to ensure the complete...
(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...
(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,...

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