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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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Tanzania: Catholic Bishops accuse President Magufuli of harming democracy

The Catholic Bishops in Tanzania Sunday denounced the violations of democratic principles and freedom of expression by President John Magufuli’s administration. In a pastoral letter, the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Tanzania said political activities are prohibited by the instrumentalization of the police. The Church accused President Magufuli for his silence. Activities of political parties, […]

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Zambia-Cholera: church services & street vending banned, protests erupt

Residents in a slum in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, are violently protesting over a regulation imposed to control the spread of a cholera epidemic in the Southern African nation. According to news portal Mwebantu, security forces operating in Kanyama have been forced to discharge tear gas after protesters started to throw stones and other projectiles at […]

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Togo, only African country to back US position over Jerusalem

Togo, a tiny West African nation, is the only country on the African continent to have voted in favor of President Donald Trump’s political move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The UN General Assembly repelled Trump’s decision in a resolution adopted by an overwhelming majority last week. The resolution in effect condemned President Trump’s […]

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Tanzania: Lack of public spending curtailing economic growth – IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday called on Tanzanian authorities to speed up reforms to prevent a slowdown of the economy of the East African nation. The Tanzanian economy slowed down to 6.8 per cent between January and June, compared with 7.7 per cent over the same period last year. Tanzania is Africa’s fourth-largest […]

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