| Africatime
Wednesday 26 April 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 04/26/17)
With six wives, 16 children, 60 grandchildren and 500 acres of land, 80-year-old Tanzanian traditional healer Kuzenza Magoso worries his descendants could start fighting over his estate when he dies. Family land disputes can turn violent in Tanzania, where property is traditionally passed on from one male to another without title deeds or written wills. "To avoid conflict, I thought it was better for each wife to have her own house and property," said Magoso, a tall man with a white beard, wearing a red felt hat and an oversized jacket. "I don't care what people say about me. What's important to me is to make sure I have done the right thing for my...
(AFP (eng) 04/24/17)
A new malaria vaccine will be tested on a large scale in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi, the World Health Organization said Monday, with 360,000 children to be vaccinated between 2018 and 2020. The injectable vaccine RTS,S could provide limited protection against a disease that killed 429,000 people worldwide in 2015, with 92 percent of victims in Africa and two-thirds of them children under five. "The prospect of a malaria vaccine is great news. Information gathered in the pilot will help us make decisions on the wider use of this vaccine," said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO's regional director for Africa. The vaccine should be used alongside other preventative measures such as bed nets, insecticides, repellants and anti-malarial drugs, the WHO...
(Tanzania Daily News 04/19/17)
Dodoma — Experts will soon be deployed to conduct an in-depth evaluation to determine the main reason for the drying up of most of the country's rivers and lakes. This was revealed here yesterday by the Deputy Minister, Vice-President's Office (Union Affairs and Environment), Luhaga Mpina was responding to legislator Zacharia Isaay (Mbulu Urban - CCM) who wanted to know the government's strategy to safeguard rivers that were drying up due to human activities. Legislator Isaay said small rivers such...
(Voice of America 04/17/17)
The Italian coast guard says it has rescued nearly 6,000 migrants on the Mediterranean since Friday, underscoring the continued flow of people along this dangerous route. A group of Africans living in Europe visited Cameroon this week to launch a campaign against illegal migration. The group is called “No More Death in the Desert or on the Sea.” Its mission is simple: to educate youth in Africa about the harsh realities of illegal migration. "We want to tell them that...
(AFP (eng) 04/14/17)
Gunmen have ambushed and killed eight police officers in eastern Tanzania, the presidency said Friday, the latest in a string of killings targeting politicians and security officers in the East African nation. "President John Pombe Magufuli is surprised and very sorry to learn of the news of the death of eight police officers killed last night by armed people," Tanzania's presidency said in a statement. The policemen came under attack in their vehicle in the eastern region of Kibiti as...
(Xinhuanet 04/14/17)
Economic growth in East Africa remains strong despite the adverse effects of severe drought across the region, said a report by an accountancy and finance body released on Thursday. The latest report by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) said the economic is being proposed by infrastructure growth across the region. "Infrastructure development continues to stimulate industry across the region, while expanding services to the largely un-serviced markets remains the key driver behind growth," said Michael...
(AFP (eng) 04/13/17)
Africa's Matabele ants, fierce predators of termites, rescue their wounded soldiers and bring them back to the nest where they are "treated," a new study showed Wednesday. This helping behavior for the injured is the first to be detected in the insect world, according to an article in the US journal Science Advances by a German research team at the University of Wuerzburg's Biocentre. The ants, formally known as Megaponera analis, are widespread south of the Sahara on the continent...
(AFP (eng) 04/11/17)
El Nino, the cyclical climatic phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean, is linked to shifts in cholera cases in Africa, providing an early warning that could save lives, scientists said Monday. During the years when El Nino is warming the eastern Pacific, East Africa has about 50,000 additional cholera cases a year, new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests. By contrast, the years when El Nino is not active, there were 30,000 fewer cholera cases in...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/05/17)
Three years ago, 14-year-old Julius left his family near the lakeside city of Mwanza, Tanzania, to try his luck mining gold. Today, Julius is in no hurry to leave, despite having one of the riskiest jobs on a chaotic mine site — handling mercury each day with his bare hands. "It's good work. I'm paid well," Julius, who wanted to use only his first name, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, wearing an orange T-shirt and skinny jeans coated with red...
(Voice of America 04/05/17)
A Red Cross report says African countries are failing their internally displaced people. Reversing that trend was the subject of a high level meeting of the International Red Cross and the African Union that wrapped up Tuesday in Zimbabwe. Africa has about 13 million internally displaced people, a third of the global number of IDPs, and more than double the amount of refugees on the continent. By definition, refugees flee across a national border, while IDPs leave their homes but...
(Tanzania Daily News 04/03/17)
Dodoma — The Parliamentary Committee on Constitution and Legal Affairs has advised the government to review death penalty laws to allow death row prisoners who have been in prison for a long time to have their sentences commuted to life imprisonment. The Committee Chairman, Mr Rashid Shangazi, said here yesterday that the review of the laws should also consider putting time limit for execution of the punishment and allow it to automatically change to life imprisonment if not implemented. Mr...
(The East African 04/03/17)
Nairobi — The 2017 Mo Ibrahim Foundation annual Governance Weekend will be held in Marrakech - Morocco from April 7-9. A press release from the Foundation identifies the Palmeraie Resort as the venue for this year's meeting. The three-day event brings together prominent African and Africa-focused leaders, civil society representatives, multilateral and regional institutions and Africa's international partners to identify policy challenges and possible solutions. Violent extremism The conversation is normally extended to a wider audience through music, art and...
(Tanzania Daily News 03/31/17)
Over 7,000 excess teachers for arts subjects in public secondary schools will be transferred to primary schools to curb shortage at the low level of education, it was announced here yesterday. Deputy Permanent Secretary, President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government, Education, Bernard Makali told the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that the move will also help to improve the quality of primary education in the country. Mr Makali said currently there is a shortage of 47,151 primary school teachers...
(AFP (eng) 03/30/17)
Some 60 Tanzanian Muslims say they have been held for four years without trial on terror charges and have threatened to boycott any future hearings, local media reported Wednesday. The majority of the suspects, who include preachers, were arrested in the mainly Christian northern city of Arusha, following a series of deadly attacks in 2013. They all deny their involvement in the violence which included an attack on a Catholic church during a mass attended by the Vatican ambassador to...
(The Citizen 03/30/17)
Dar es Salaam — The government has disbursed Sh2.864 billion to pay outstanding teachers' arrears in 45 municipal and district councils in the country. This is the second phase that the government is disbursing funds to settle teachers' outstanding arrears. Earlier this year, the government disbursed funds to settle teachers' arrears in 118 district and municipal councils. The permanent secretary in the President's Office (Regional Administration's and Local Government), Mr Bernard Makali, indicates that the money has already been deposited...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...

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