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Kenyan gamers putting country on eSports map

– – In the last five years, the realm of eSports has transformed the world of gaming. Historically, gamers competed in organized tournaments. One of the first was the 1997 Quake competition, which had 2,000 entrants. Many consider this to be the first eSports tournament, where remote players gathered together to crown a champion. The move online changed the world of video gaming in the early 2000s. With stronger internet connectivity, players could compete against one another in console-hosted groups for multiplayer games. Then came Twitch and Steam, which allowed…

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Tanzania: Opposition leader Mbowe charged with terrorism

– – Tanzania’s opposition leader, Freeman Mbowe has been charged with terrorism-related offenses during a court hearing on Monday. The leader of the main opposition party, Chadema was arrested last week together with other members ahead of a planned conference to demand constitutional reform. Mbowe and 15 Chadema members were arrested in the northwestern port city of Mwanza, an action that drew international concern and criticism. State prosecutor Ester Martin said the opposition leader and the 15 others were charged with two counts of “economic sabotage”. “These are terrorism financing…

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Covid-19: Tanzania secures 1 million vaccine doses for citizens

Tanzania’s government has announced plans to vaccinate at least 60 percent of the population against Covid-19. The country last Friday secured one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from the United States through the World Health Organization’s Covax initiative. Tanzania’s Health Minister Dorothy Gwajima said priority will be given to frontline workers, the elderly and those with underlying health issues when the vaccination exercise begins. “We will announce health centres where the vaccines will be available and the procedures that will be used to provide the vaccine,” she said. The…

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Tanzania’s opposition party leader Freeman Mbowe arrested

– – Tanzania‘s main opposition party Chadema has said its leader, Freeman Mbowe and other members have been arrested. The arrest on Wednesday, according to the party took place ahead of a planned conference to demand constitutional reform. On Twitter the political party said Mbowe and 10 Chadema members were arrested in the northwestern port city of Mwanza. “We condemn the repression of the rights of Tanzanians with the strongest force. These are signs that the dictatorship that existed during the rule of President John Magufuli continues,” the party said.…

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Tanker explosion kills at least 13 people in Kenya

– – At least 13 people have been killed in Kenya a when a petrol tanker overturned and exploded. The truck collided with another vehicle on a highway between Kisumu and Busia. Eye Witnesses described the crash scene as a “huge fireball”. People had rushed to the scene with jerrycans to siphon off fuel from the overturned tanker before it exploded. Some 24 people including children are in hospital with serious burns. – – “We were woken up by a very loud blast. When I rushed out, I saw a huge…

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Ugandans paying new tax for using the internet

– – Ugandans are now paying a new tax rate for using the internet as the government rolls out a 12% excise duty on mobile data. The new tax regime covering data usage popular referred to as ”social media tax” took effect from Thursday. When news first broke about this social media tax, it sparked protests in Uganda in 2018. The new tax was then introduced this year through an amendment by parliament with critics saying the newly introduced tax is impacting negatively on the youth, many of whom are…

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Abiy Ahmed faces first test as Ethiopians vote

– – Ethiopians are voting in regional and parliamentary elections as ethnic tensions deepen and hunger worsens. It is the first test of the popular vote for the Ethiopian prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, and his Prosperity Party since he took power in 2018. The polls which were supposed to have been held last August were delayed due coronavirus pandemic. Nearly a fifth of the constituencies aren’t taking part in the election because of insecurity and irregularities. They include the whole of the northern Tigray region where civil war has prompted a humanitarian crisis.…

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IMF says Tanzania must publish Covid-19 data to get $574 mln loan

– – The International Monetary Fund has asked Tanzania to publish data on the spread of Covid-19 before getting approval for a $574 million emergency loan. Since last year May, Tanzania has not published any data on the extend of spread of Covid-19. The country’s previous president, John Magufuli was a critic and doubter of the pandemic and stopped the publication of the data. The then-President John Magufuli’s administration played down the threat from the disease and little was known about the infection rate and deaths. New president Samia Hassan…

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Uganda shuts down schools to contain COVID-19 spread

– – Schools in Uganda have been shut down with public gatherings also suspended to contain a surge of infections in a second Covid-19 wave. Public transport between districts will be banned starting Thursday as well to allow students who are in schools to return home. Bars, cinemas and theatres have also been closed in latest directives from President Yoweri Museveni. He addressed the nation in a speech broadcast live on the state television on actions taken by the Covid-19 taskforce to deal with the pandemic. The full text of the…

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