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Congo Decides: More than 100 killed in clashes days before vote

More than 100 people have been killed in clashes between rival ethnic groups in Democratic Republic of Congo, days before Sunday’s long-delayed presidential, legislative and provincial elections, in the war-torn mineral-rich nation. According to local media, the fighting between the Batende and Banunu ethnic groups broke out on Sunday over the disputed location of a […]

Tanzania to ink $3 bln power plant deal

Tanzanian President, John Magufuli, announced that his government will sign a deal this week for the construction of a $3 billion hydroelectric power plant. The power plant and dam will be built in the Selous Game Reserve, a UN-designated world heritage site in southern Tanzania. The project’s location has faced opposition from conservationists. In remarks […]

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Tanzania’s bulldozer president orders army to buy entire cashew harvest

Tanzania’s reformist President John Magufuli this week ordered a 94 percent increase of cashew nuts prices to protect farmers from effects of dwindling prices. According to a government statement, President Magufuli, aka as the Bulldozer, has ordered soldiers to buy up the estimated 220,000 tons of nuts at $1.44 per kg, higher than the price […]

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U.S. appoints Peter Pham as Special Envoy to Great Lakes region

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced the appointment of Peter Pham as the U.S. special envoy for Africa’s Great Lakes Region. According to a State Department’s statement, Peter Pham, director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council think tank, will coordinate U.S. policy in the region, with an emphasis on strengthening democratic institutions. […]

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EU to review relations with Tanzania, recalls ambassador

The European Union has said it will review its ties with Tanzania over what it calls a “deterioration of the human rights and rule of law” in the east African nation. In a statement released this week, the EU said it “will be conducting a broader review of its relations with Tanzania.” The EU, a […]

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Tanzania launches anti-gay witch-hunt

Tanzania’s government has established a committee to investigate and deal with people who are involved in homosexual activities. According to local media, the 17-member committee was announced on Wednesday by the Dar es Salaam regional commissioner, Paul Makonda. The committee includes police officers, psychologists, and members of the Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority. Addressing a press […]

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Family of kidnapped Africa’s youngest billionaire offers reward

The family of Africa’s youngest billionaire Mohammed Dewji announced a reward of nearly half a million dollars for information on his whereabouts. Gunmen snatched Dewji as he entered a hotel gym in Tanzania’s economic capital Dar es Salaam, last Thursday morning. The police have arrested more than 20 people in connection with the abduction. But […]

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World Bank could suspend funding to Tanzania over new statistics law

The World Bank may suspend funding to Tanzania over a new legislation that would punish anyone who questions official statistics. According to the World Bank, the law would undermine the production of useful and high quality data. The international lender stated that the amendments could also have serious impacts on the generation and use of […]

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Tanzania’s populist president fires transport regulators after ferry disaster

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli on Monday sacked the board of the Surface and Maritime Transport Regulatory Authority (Sumatra), a week after a ferry disaster killed 224 in the tourist-friendly nation famed for safaris and beach vacations. The ferry, MV Nyerere, sank last week just a few metres from the dock on Ukerewe, Lake Victoria’s biggest […]

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I see no reason to control births in Tanzania – President Magufuli

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has urged women in the East African nation to stop taking birth control pills, saying the country needs more people. President Magufuli, who is an advocate for large families and huge populations, told citizens attending a recent rally, to keep reproducing as the government was increasing investment in the health sector. […]

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