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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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Clothing market: Trump suspends duty-free status for Rwanda

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday suspended Rwanda’s ability to ship apparel products duty-free to the United States due to a trade dispute between the two nations. The trade dispute began in 2015, when Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Burundi announced their intention to phase out imports of second hand clothing and shoes from western […]

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My party will rule Tanzania ‘forever’ – John Magufuli

Tanzanian president John Magufuli on Monday night, said that his party will remain “in power forever” in the East African nation. In a speech broadcast live on Monday night on radio and television, the Tanzanian head of state said the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party will remain in power forever and those who go […]

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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 […]

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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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