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Zambia: opposition rejects government-proposed cyber laws

Zambia’s main opposition party in the parliament has opposed government plans to introduce new cybercrime laws saying the move will clampdown on social media in the southern African nation. In 2017, the government announced plans to table the country’s Cyber Security and Cyber Crime Bill, the Data Protection Bill and the E-commence Bill. Communications Minister […]

Tanzania’s populist president sacks home affairs minister, others

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has reshuffled his cabinet, sacking Minister Mwigulu Nchemba, who had led the home affairs portfolio that includes police and domestic security. John Kijazi, the Chief Secretary at State House in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, said Nchemba has been replaced by Kangi Lugola who served as Deputy Minister in the […]

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World Bank approves $455 million loan for Tanzania power projects

The World Bank has approved a $455 million loan to Tanzania under its International Development Assistance (IDA) program to boost access to power for the country’s southern regions.    The new International Development Association (IDA) helps the world’s poorest countries by providing grants and low to zero-interest loans for projects and programs that boost economic […]

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Tanzania: several Telecom officials charged with fraud

Tanzanian prosecutors on Thursday charged two chief executives of mobile phone companies and four other suspects with fraud. The move is part of a crackdown launched by President John Magufuli against tax evasion in the East African nation. Halotel Managing Director, Le Van Dai, and head of Zantel (Zanzibar Telecom), Sherif El Barbary, are among […]

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Nine lions poisoned in Tanzania, 17 since 2015

Tanzania’s National Parks spokesman Pascal Shelutete on Tuesday said about nine lions at the world famous Serengeti National Park have been poisoned. Officials of the park discovered the carcasses of the lions over the weekend, but the motive for the poisoning is unclear. This is the third poisoning incident since 2015. A total of 19 […]

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Online Freedom: Tanzania’s govt wins court case against bloggers, activists

Tanzania’s government has won a court case about online content regulations against bloggers and activists in the East African nation, local media reported. The regulation, dubbed the Electronic and Postal Communications Regulations 2018, is set to give the government of Tanzania unregulated powers to police the web. As part of the new regulation, the government […]

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Swahili becomes first native African language to get Twitter recognition

Social media platform Twitter has officially recognized the use of Swahili as a language on the platform. It became the first African language to achieve that accomplishment. The social media now approves Swahili words and offers translation. It started detection of the language in tweets and subsequently offers a close to perfect translation as with […]

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AfDB to launch 12 new projects to support SMEs in 6 African countries

The African Development Bank (AfDB) will launch twelve new projects to support agribusiness SMEs in 6 African countries, The Bank said in a statement. The projects will be funded by the AfDB’s Agriculture Fast Track Fund (AFT) in Ghana, Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, Mozambique and Burkina Faso. According to the Bank, the $28.8 million envelope will […]

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South African Shoprite eyes Kenya entry

South African retailer giant, Shoprite Holdings, will open seven prime shopping malls in Kenya in the coming months, the firm’s chief executive, Pieter Engelbrecht said. According to Engelbrecht, Shoprite has opened 158 new stores in 2017 across 14 countries; creating 4,254 jobs. The supermarket chain operates 2,811 outlets employing 148,000 people. Six of its seven […]

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Indian telecom operator Airtel shapes Africa exit plan

India’s biggest mobile carrier Bharti Airtel Ltd, which owns telecom assets in 14 African countries, on Wednesday said it is looking at a potential initial public offering (IPO). Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) BV said the discussion on feasibility of listing its shares on an “internationally recognized” exchange was still in preliminary stage. Bharti Airtel, which […]

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