| Africatime
Wednesday 26 April 2017
(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 Partnership in Peace and Security," said Dujarric. It will be the first conference Mahamat will address with the United Nation since he was elected as chairperson of the African Union Commission. Although he had brief...
(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...
(Xinhuanet 02/16/17)
The Burundian government has decided to boycott talks due in Arusha, Tanzania on Feb. 16-18, aimed at settling the east African country's 2015 crisis, the Burundian government said Wednesday night in a statement. "The Burundian government will not send delegates to the Arusha talks due on Feb. 16-18 this year. Burundian citizens need international solidarity, but they have the right to be respected during their choice in the dialogue process," Burundian Government Spokesman Philippe Nzobonariba said in the statement. According...
(Voice of America 02/14/17)
U.S. President Donald Trump made his first phone calls to African heads of state Monday, speaking with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and South African President Jacob Zuma. Nigeria and South Africa said the calls were made at the request of the U.S. president, who until now has said little about Africa or African issues since assuming office last month. The Nigerian presidency said Trump and Buhari discussed issues of terrorism, and said Trump assured Buhari the United States is ready...
(Xinhuanet 02/13/17)
Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Sunday ordered the east African nation's defence and security forces to step up war on drugs with full force. President Magufuli who doubles as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces made the order shortly after he had sworn in the newly appointed Commissioner General of the Drug Control and Enforcement Authority, Rogers William Siyanga. The President appealed to all government leaders to join forces with the defence and security forces in the fight against drug trafficking. "We should fight drug trafficking with full force without fear or favour," President Magufuli said in a statement issued by the Directorate of Presidential Communication at State House in the commercial capital
(Xinhuanet 02/08/17)
The government of Tanzania said Tuesday the number of public ghost workers in the east African country reached 19,708 by January 31, 2017. Angellah Kairuki, Minister of State in the President's Office responsible for public service management and good governance, told Parliament the flushing out of the ghost workers enabled the government to save 9.9 million U.S. dollars of taxpayer's money that would have been spent on their salaries every month. She said an earlier crackdown on fake certificates had identified 319 public servants who used fake secondary school and teachers training certificates or other people's documents to secure employment.
(AFP (eng) 02/07/17)
Malawi and its northern neighbour Tanzania have agreed to revive talks to resolve a long-running border dispute, President Peter Mutharika said Tuesday after meeting Tanzania's foreign minister in Lilongwe. The two east African neighbours are at odds over the ownership of Lake Malawi which straddles both countries with Tanzania claiming the top half of Africa's third largest freshwater lake -- a claim contested by Malawi. "The mediation efforts will be resuscitated towards a logical conclusion of the Lake Malawi border dispute," Mutharika said in a statement. Mediation to resolve the dispute has been stalled since 2012, but will be revived under the supervision of former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano.
(Nyasa Times 02/07/17)
Tanzania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Coorperation, Augustin Mahiga has said a dispute between his country and Malawi regarding their border through Lake Malawi also known as Lake Nyasa in Tanzania is still on. Mahinga said after he signed on behalf of his government a Joint Permanent Commission Coperatuon (JPCC) agreement with Malawi in Lilongwe on Sunday. “This lake border dispute is now under revived discussion,” said the Tanzanian Foreign Minister. He said the matter is being handled...
(Xinhuanet 02/03/17)
T20 Africa Conference, the meeting for the G20 think tanks and African countries, ended on Friday in Johannesburg with a commitment to accelerate cooperation between the G20 and Africa. The three-day conference aimed to chart a course for the future cooperation between Africa and the G20. The day ended with the formulation of the communique which will be given to the current G20 chair Germany. The communique will also be the reference for further discussion between Africa and T20. T20...
(Xinhuanet 02/01/17)
Newly elected senior officials of the African Union (AU) Commission, including Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the AU Commission, were sworn in on Tuesday at the conclusion of the 28th AU summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. In addition to the two top officials, other officials took the oath for positions including, peace and security; political affairs; trade and industry; social affairs; infrastructure and energy; and rural economy and agriculture. The 28th AU summit also elected Alpha Conde, President of...

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