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Tanzania’s presidency finally moves to new capital city

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has announced that he has moved the government base to the country’s new capital city, Dodoma. On Saturday the President said the eventual movement to Dodoma from the largest city of Dar es Salaam has taken place. Tanzania’s founding president Julius Nyerere hatched the idea of the movement of the presidency to Dodoma in 1973. It has taken decades for this dream of moving the capital from Dar es Salaam to a more central location to better serve the needs of the people to be fulfilled.…

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Tanzania: Magufuli wants men who impregnate schoolgirls jailed

The President of Tanzania, John Magufuli has said that men who impregnate school girls thereby distracting them from schooling should be jailed. Magufuli expressed shock at the rate of pregnancy among school girls in Tanzania’s south-western region of Rukwa. In the said region some 229 schoolgirls had been impregnated by men who were not punished. During his visit to the region Magufuli said “The government is providing free education and these men are busy making girls pregnant. Why has no action been taken against these men?.” In 2017 President Magufuli…

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Tanzania’s President Magufuli backs caning of students

The President of Tanzania John Magufuli has lauded a senior government official for caning a group of high school students. The students who were caned while lying face down were accused of setting fire to their dormitories. A regional commissioner, Albert Chalamila was seen in a video caning the students. The commissioner’s action was condemned by a government minister but President Magufuli thinks otherwise. He disagreed with opinions that physically punishing students is an abuse of their human rights. ‘’I have spoken to Mbeya regional commissioner [Mr Chalamila], and I…

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590 Burundian refugees return home from Tanzania

Almost 600 refugees on Thursday left Tanzania to return to their home country of Burundi as part of a mass repatriation. In August this year Tanzania and Burundi announced that they have agreed for some 200,000 Burundian refugees to return home. Burundi and Tanzania agreed to this move of mass repatriation from October. The refugees settled in the Nyarugusu, Nduta and Mtendeli camps in Tanzania’s south-western province of Kigoma. The government of Tanzania insists Burundi “is peaceful” but there are fears over forced return of these refugees. In 2015 hundreds…

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Tanzania: Man dies proposing to girlfriend underwater

An American man Steven Weber was on holiday in Tanzania with his girlfriend, Kenesha Antoine when he decided to do something different to show his love. Weber decided to propose to Kenesha Antoine underwater at the Manta Resort, off Pemba Island. But he never emerged from under the water.  Footage shows Weber diving under water to ask Ms Antoine to marry him. Weber is seen in a footage Weber pressing a hand-written proposal note against the cabin window as Ms Antoine films from inside. Ms Antoine, confirming Mr Weber’s death in…

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Tanzania to extend its gas pipeline network

Tanzania said on Monday it planned to construct a 30-km pipeline to extend the country’s natural gas supply network from the capital Dar es Salaam to the nearby town of Bagamoyo to provide cheaper energy for factories and households there. The country has been eager to expand supplies of natural gas to more towns to allow factories in particular to replace more costly sources of energy such as coal and imported diesel. Evaline Rweikiza, an official at state-run Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) who is in charge of the expansion…

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Tanzania to send back 200,000 Burundian refugees

Tanzania will in October this year send back some 200,000 Burundian refugees. Burundi and Tanzania agreed to this move stating that the repatriation of these refugees would start on October 1. The refugees settled in the Nyarugusu, Nduta and Mtendeli camps in Tanzania’s south-western province of Kigoma. Interior Minister in Bujumbura, Pascal Barandagiye, told journalists that the agreement for the return of the refugees took place at the weekend. Tanzania’s Home Affairs Minister Kangi Lugola also said it is willing to assist for the safe return of “all Burundians”. The…

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Over 60 people killed in fuel tanker explosion in Tanzania

A fuel tanker explosion in Tanzania has killed at least 60 people. Over 60 others have sustained severe injuries after the tanker exploded in the town of Morogoro, around 120 miles west of the capital Dar es Salaam. Reports say residents were trying to siphon fuel from the vehicle, which had overturned when the blast happened. A witness, Daniel Ngogo told Reuters “The situation is really bad. Many people died, here even those who were not stealing fuel because this is a busy place.” Ngogo adds that “The fire was…

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The woman climbing Kilimanjaro for African children

A Ghanaian woman is on a mission to climb Kilimanjaro to raise awareness about online safety. Awo Aidam Amenya is advocating and pushing for the protection of children online. Amenya is also the executive director of the organization, Child Online Africa. She wants to use the project to also raise funds for more advocacy works. In statement Amenya said she is embarking on the project called “Kili4theAfricanChild” to “make a case for online safety for the African child”. She is hoping to also create “awareness on the need to protect…

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Tanzania is building fourth largest hydro dam in Africa

Tanzania is starting the process of building the fourth largest hydro dam in Africa and the ninth largest in the world. Tanzanian President John Magufuli is to lay the foundation stone for the construction of Stiegler’s Gorge hydroelectric power project. The project according to government officials will cost $3 billion. The 2,115 megawatts hydroelectric dam when completed will produce 5,920GWh of power annually. The project was an original idea of Tanzania’s founding President Julius Nyerere. It was abandoned due to financial and environmental concerns but the project is back on.…

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