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Tanzanian opposition leader ‘won’t accept poll results’

– Advertisement – The leader of Tanzania’s main opposition party Chadema, Tundu Lissu has said that he will not accept the results of Wednesday’s general election. He has alleged that there were voting irregularities and fraud in Wednesday’s general election. The head of the National Elections Commission, Semistocles Kaijage has however rejected those claims, saying there was no evidence to that. The opposition also said there were irregularities in the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar, where unrest marred early voting on 27 October. “Whatever happened yesterday (Wednesday) was not an election,”…

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Tanzanians vote in crucial general elections

– Advertisement – Tanzanians are voting on Wednesday in general elections as they choose a president and members of parliament. It will be the sixth multi party general election being held in Tanzania. More than 29 million people are registered to vote in this election which featured 15 presidential candidates including two women. Incumbent President John Magufuli and opposition candidate Tundu Lissu from the Party for Democracy and Progress are the main contenders. Voters will end at 16:00 local time ( 13:00 GMT) with the final results expected to be…

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Ugandan entrepreneur makes mosquito-repelling soap

– Advertisement – A Ugandan female entrepreneur has developed a soap that is meant to repel mosquitoes. Joan Nalubega developed the organic soap as part of her contribution to fighting the spread of Malaria caused by Mosquito bites. The entrepreneur while growing up in an orphanage struggled with malaria, something that inspired her business idea. She told the BBC that “In 2016 I realized that the interventions that people use locally are the same interventions that had been in use for decades.” “A lot of people have tried to do…

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Tanzania: Citizens to vote with driving licences, passports

– Advertisement – Tanzania’s electoral commission has announced that voters with missing identity cards can vote with their driving licences and passports. The electoral body said this will ensure that voters get the chance to exercise their democratic rights without limitation in next week’s general election. According to the commission the names of citizens voting with driving licenses and passports should tally with their details in the voters’ register. In a statement on Twitter the electoral commission said it can guarantee the sanctity of the electoral process. President John Magufuli,…

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500 volunteers still battling fire on Mount Kilimanjaro

– Advertisement – At least 500 volunteers continue to battle a fire on Africa’s tallest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzaia as they hope to bring it under control. The fire broke out on Sunday, according to the country’s National Parks service. Moto umezuka Mlima Kilimanjaro leo mchana na jitihada za kuuzima bado zinaendelea. Taarifa zaidi zitafuatia. #TANAPANEWS BY @PASCALSHELUTETE pic.twitter.com/Jcfj6QlCf8 — Tanzania National Parks (@tzparks) October 11, 2020 But the Tanzania National Parks service said in a statement that “efforts to extinguish it are still ongoing,” adding that volunteers have…

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Rwanda legalizes growing of cannabis for medical purposes

– Advertisement – Rwanda has legalized the growing of cannabis but only for medical purposes. It has now become the first East African nation to legalize the growing of cannabis. Effort to legalize the growing of cannabis for medical purposes started in 2010 when the government introduced a bill in parliament. Rwandan officials said at the time that new changes to the country’s laws on cannabis was “to contribute to the protection of the population while ensuring that drugs and psychotropic substances are exclusively available for scientific and medical purposes.”…

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Uganda: Hackers steal billions from telcos and banks

– Advertisement – Investigations have begun into an electronic fraud incident in Uganda leading to the loss of billions of shillings. Unidentified hackers broke into the systems of Pegasus Technologies, a company that integrates mobile money transactions between telcos, banks, and other local, regional, and international money transfer services to steal billions of shillings. Leading telcos, Airtel and MTN Uganda, as well as Stanbic Bank are the most affected. In a joint statement Anne Juuko, Wim Vanhelleputte, and VG Somasekhar, the CEOs of Stanbic Bank Uganda, MTN Uganda, and Airtel…

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UN says 6 million people affected by flooding in East Africa

– Advertisement – Nearly six million people have been affected by flooding this year in East Africa. Data from the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said 1.5 million people have been displaced by the floods. The number of people affected has increased more than five-fold in four years. The number has gone up from 1.1 million in 2016 to nearly six million so far this year. There are fears that the situation will worsen when the short rains peak in November to hit most countries in the region.…

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Sudan’s govt, rebel groups sign landmark peace deal

– Advertisement – Sudan’s government and rebel groups on Saturday inked a landmark peace deal aimed at ending decades of war in which hundreds of thousands died. Ululations and cheers rang out as one by one, representatives from the transitional government and rebel groups signed the deal, a year after the peace talks began, at a ceremony in the South Sudanese capital Juba, according to an AFP journalist at the scene. “Today we have reached a peace agreement. We are happy. We have finished the mission,” Tut Gatluak, head of the South…

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Kenya’s President won’t extend his stay in power beyond 2022

– Advertisement – Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that he will never seek to change his country’s constitution to extend his stay in power beyond 2022. Kenyatta’s tenure ends in 2022 and there are reports of a possibility of a change to the constitution so he occupies a prime minister position if created. But the Kenyan leader has ruled that out saying seeking a change to the constitution to seal a third presidential term will not happen. There is a constitutional reform currently under consideration in Kenya through the…

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