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Tanzania’s opposition party leader Freeman Mbowe arrested

– Advertisement – 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…

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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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Tanzania President orders the lifting of ban on media outlets

– – President Samia Suluhu Hassan on Tuesday ordered the lifting of ban on all media houses in the country. The President has 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 is seen as a major statement that could define her presidency as a democratic leader who has nothing against freedom of expression. The president said “I am told you revoked licenses of some media outlets, including some online television…

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Tanzania’s President orders creation of Covid-19 task force

– – Tanzania’s new President Samia Suluhu Hassan has ordered her government to form a special task force on the Covid-19 pandemic. President Hassan said the special task force will have to examine the trend of Covid-19 in the country. Speaking at the State House in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday, the President said Tanzania cannot stand alone at this moment. “On the issue of Covid-19, I think I should form a Committee of Experts to look at it professionally and then advise the Government, it should not be silenced…

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Tanzania’s top hospital to still fight Covid-19 with steam therapy

– – Steam therapy will remain a key way of fighting the Covid-19 pandemic in Tanzania after the country’s top referral hospital, Muhimbili said it was still keeping the steam booths at the facility in Dar es Salaam. The news outlet the Citizen reported that, hospital officials said the booths will not be moved as expectations soar of a possible change in strategy in the fight against the pandemic. The steam therapy, was launched earlier this year as part of a national campaign by the Tanzanian government to fight coronavirus.…

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