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Regional observer mission prevented from attending elections in Burundi

The election observation mission of the East African Community (EAC), expected earlier this week, will probably not be in Burundi for the triple election scheduled in nine days, at least according to a letter from the Burundian government to the secretariat general of this organization. The minister responsible for relations with this regional organization has […]

African Union Rejects Tanzanian President’s Accusations on Testing

The Director of the African Union Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (Africa CDC), Dr. John Nkengasong, denies the Tanzanian president’s accusations that the screening tests sent to his country are faulty. “The tests that Tanzania and all African countries are using are tests that we have validated and we know they are very effective,” […]

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Tanzania: Director of National Health Laboratory fired

In Tanzania, the director of the National Health Laboratory was suspended on Monday, pending the results of an enquiry on Covid-19 testing in the country. The suspension comes one day after President John Magufuli’s statements questioning the credibility of the tests. The head of state said samples from a goat and other animals tested positive, […]

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Tanzania’s tourism hit hard by coronavirus

In Tanzania’s semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar, the tourism-dominated economy has been hard hit by tourists’ fears over the Coronavirus pandemic, with reports of hotel cancellations after the government suspended direct flights from Italy. The East African nation has not had any confirmed case of the coronavirus. According to the BBC, at least 80% of Zanzibar’s […]

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Tanzania inks $1.46 billion loan for regional railway project

Tanzania has signed a $1.46 billion loan agreement with Standard Chartered Bank Tanzania to fund the construction of a standard gauge railway in the East African nation. The Finance and Planning Ministry and Standard Chartered Bank Tanzania said in a statement late on Thursday the funding will be for building a 550 km section of […]

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Fausta, world’s oldest rhino, dies in Tanzania

Fausta, the world’s oldest black rhino died in the Ngorongoro crater in Tanzania, at the age of 57. The female rhino, named Fausta, died of what is believed to be natural causes on December 27 in a sanctuary, after living most of her life in the wild, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority said in a […]

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Tanzania gets AfDB’s $55 million facility to jumpstart private sector-led economic growth

The African Development Bank has approved a $55 million facility to strengthen implementation of reforms to enhance Tanzania’s economic competitiveness and private sector participation in the country’s growth. These critical reforms will lead to a more vibrant economy, which will improve the living conditions of Tanzanians, particularly the poor and vulnerable, and including women and […]

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Tanzania: President, Govt move to new capital Dodoma

Tanzanian President John Magufuli and the entire government have relocated to the country’s new capital of Dodoma. The new capital Dodoma, which was elevated to city status last year, was designated as the capital city. Its central location, compared to the coastal Dar es Salaam is considered ideal for bringing government services closer to the […]

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Tanzania starts mass repatriation of Burundian refugees

Tanzania starts mass repatriation of Burundian refugees

Burundi has announced a return of its refugees from Tanzania this week as part as a mass repatriation planned by the two governments. According to Nestor Bimenyimana, the Burundi government’s general manager for repatriation, about 1,000 refugees are in the first group. Burundi and Tanzania agreed in August that repatriations of 200,000 Burundi refugees in […]

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Tanzania: WB releases $4.5 million for drinking water supply to 165 villages

The World Bank has awarded a $4.5 million grant to Tanzania to build drinking water supply networks using solar off-grid systems in rural areas. Only 50 percent of Tanzania’s population of 53 million have access to an improved source of safe water, and only 34 percent of Tanzania’s population has access to improved sanitation. Under […]

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