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Tanzania probes gun attack near French embassy after 5 deaths

– – Tanzania’s president on Wednesday ordered investigations into the gun attack that took place near the French embassy in Dar es Salaam. Five people died in the incident, including three police officers and a soldier when a gunman opened fire near the Embassy. According to Tanzania’s head of police operations, Liberatus Sabas the gunman attacked two police officers, took their guns and then “began shooting sporadically towards the French Embassy.” “He then took cover at a structure next to the French Embassy where he continued shooting,” Sabas said. Police…

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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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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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Tanzania’s president to meet opposition leaders

– – Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan has announced her intention to meet opposition leaders in the country. Speaking in the Tanzanian parliament, President Samia said deliberations with the opposition on a way forward for the country will be useful. When she took over from the late President John Magufuli, the opposition wished her well and said it was hopeful of engaging her. President Hassan told MPs that her government was open to criticisms and should not hesitate to speak out. She told ministers to be ready to be corrected…

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Tanzania’s President angry with MPs on Magufuli comparison

– – The President of Tanzania Samia Suluhu Hassan is angry with the country’s lawmakers who have been comparing her to the late former leader, John Magufuli. During debates in parliament, MPs have been comparing President Hassan to John Magufuli who died in March this year. Among the issues raised in the debates is the differences she has with Magufuli but President Hassan is not impressed with that. She would rather wish the MPs debate issues related to the government’s developmental agenda. President Hassan said she and her predecessor were…

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Uganda, Tanzania sign $3.5bn deal with global oil firms

– – The governments of Tanzania and Uganda on Sunday signed a long awaited oil deal with international oil firms—French Total E&P, and China’s Cnooc. The deal worth some $3.5 billion gives way for the commercialization of an East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP). Officials of both countries and the oil firms have been engaged in years of protracted negotiations. This new deal now allows for the oil project for the next phases of development and production by earliest 2025. The 1440km export pipeline stretches from Western Uganda to the…

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Tanzania’s President in Uganda for her first official state visit

– – Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan arrived in Uganda on Sunday for her first foreign trip and state visit since becoming President. President Hassan inspected a guard of honor shortly on her arrival, honoring an invitation from her Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Museveni. The Tanzanian leader held talks with President Museveni ahead of the signing of a deal for the construction of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline which passes through Tanzania. Hassan’s predecessor, the late John Magufuli was due in Kampala last month for the three-way signing of the…

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Tanzania says lifting of media ban applies only to online TV

– – Tanzanian officials have issued out a clarification relating to the lifting of a media ban announced by the country’s new president. President Samia Suluhu Hassan on Tuesday ordered the lifting of ban on all media houses in the country. The President instructed the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports to free media outlets that were banned and instead ensure they follow the rules set by the government. This was seen as a major statement that could define her presidency as a democratic leader who has nothing against freedom…

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