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AFRICA: Tanzanian TV Station closed over false info on COVID-19 situation.

AFRICA: Tanzanian TV Station closed over false info on COVID-19 situation.

CORONAVIRUS, TANZANIA, TECHNOLOGY
Tanzania’s Communication Authority’s Content Committee, has banned Kwanza TV for 11 months for “bleach of broadcasting laws” According to Tanzanian media, the internet-based broadcaster Kwanza Online Television was banned after it has been found guilty of publishing an “unbalanced story” about the COVID19 situation in the country, as reported by the U.S Embassy. Kwanza Broadcasting Ltd, the parent company, owning Kwanza TV has been found guilty for violating the Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations, 2018. Kwanza TV was previously banned for six months from September 2019 to February 2020 for misreporting, while two other online stations; Watetezi TV and Ayo TV were slapped with fines for allegedly contravening Tanzania’s online content regulations by ...
AFRICA: Tanzania, Mauritius, Benin shift up World Bank income rankings

AFRICA: Tanzania, Mauritius, Benin shift up World Bank income rankings

AFRICA, BENIN, Mauritius, TANZANIA
The World Bank on Wednesday classified Mauritius as a High Income country while Tanzania and Benin are now considered Lower-middle income countries, classifications that are being celebrated in these African economies. Tanzania’s president John Pombe Magufuli shared the news on social media, highlighting the fact that the feat has been achieved five years earlier than projected. “Today, the World Bank has declared Tanzania Middle Income Country…We had envisaged to achieve this status by 2025 but, with strong determination, this has been possible in 2020,” Magufuli tweeted. According to the World Bank data, Tanzania’s Gross National Income (GNI) per capita as of July 1, 2020 is $1,080 up from $1,020 in 2019. Benin’s GNI per capita is $1,250 while Mauritius is now at $12,740. (The ...
BUSINESS: World Bank officially ranks Tanzania a Middle income; Uganda, Rwanda trailing

BUSINESS: World Bank officially ranks Tanzania a Middle income; Uganda, Rwanda trailing

Business, TANZANIA
The World Bank has officially categorized Tanzania as a Middle Income Economy in the lower category (Lower-Middle Income Economies) according to the new income level classifications released on July 1, 2020. Lower middle-income economies are those with a Gross National Income(GNI) per capita between $1,036 and $4,045. The World Bank assigns the world’s economies to four income groups—low, lower-middle, upper-middle, and high-income countries. The classifications are updated each year on July 1 and are based on GNI per capita in current USD. The rankings showed that Tanzania graduated from Low Income (GNI per Capita 1,020 in 2019) to Lower Middle Income (GNI per Capita 1,080) by July 1, 2020. This year’s rankings had only Romania, Nepal, Mauritius, Nauru, Indonesia and Benin an...
TANZANIA: Miner becomes a millionaire overnight.

TANZANIA: Miner becomes a millionaire overnight.

AFRICA, Business, TANZANIA
A small-scale miner in Tanzania has become an overnight millionaire after selling two rough Tanzanite stones - the biggest ever find in the country. Saniniu Laizer earned £2.4m ($3.4m) from the country's mining ministry for the gemstones, which had a combined weight of 15kg (33 lb). "There will be a big party tomorrow," Mr Laizer, a father of more than 30 children. Tanzanite is only found in northern Tanzania and is used to make ornaments. It is one of the rarest gemstones on Earth, and one local geologist estimates its supply may be entirely depleted within the next 20 years. The precious stone's appeal lies in its variety of hues, including green, red, purple and blue. Its value is determined by rarity - the finer the colour or clarity, the higher the price. Mr Laiz...
AFRICA: June 1 school reopening guidelines issued

AFRICA: June 1 school reopening guidelines issued

AFRICA, EDUCATION, TANZANIA
The Ministry of Health has issued a set of rules to guide the safe reopening of academic institutions across the country – schools academies and universities. The resumption takes effect on Monday June 1. School leadership, academies and educational institutions should encourage students, teachers and their staff to wear cloth face masks when they return, a May 28 statement read in part. Authorities are to ensure soap and water handwashing stations as well as adequate supplies of other sanitation supplies as towels and toiletries. Spacing is another requirement that they are tasked to implement. Students with signs of the virus must be tested whiles those that have contracted it must stay away till their situation improves. Universities that were used as quarantine centers are to...
AFRICA: After international flights ban, Tanzania moves to lift ban on hotels, companies and schools

AFRICA: After international flights ban, Tanzania moves to lift ban on hotels, companies and schools

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19, TANZANIA
DODOMA – Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has announced lift on the ban on Dar es Salaam’s schools, hotels and companies after his announcement that coronavirus patients have significantly reduced in the country. Addressing the nation in Dodoma, Magufuli mentioned that it’s not wise to restrict economic activities whereas Hospitals within the country have discharged almost all coronavirus patients after they tested negative for the deadly virus. “The Almighty God has answered our prayers. I call upon anybody who has been touched by this crisis to utilize Friday, Saturday and Sunday and give thanks to God,” said Magufuli. Last week, Tanzania reopened its airspace to both scheduled and non-scheduled international flights following its closure last month in the wake of the COVID-1...
Coronavirus – Tanzania: Magufuli to reopen schools, stop quarantine for tourists

Coronavirus – Tanzania: Magufuli to reopen schools, stop quarantine for tourists

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, TANZANIA
Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli says he will reopen schools and allow sporting activities to resume in the next one week, claiming that Covid-19 infections in the country have greatly reduced. Addressing a Sunday service, Magufuli read out a list of quarantine and isolation facilities where most of the patients had been discharged, noting that God had ‘answered Tanzania’s prayers.’ Some of the hospitals he cited included Amana in Dar es Salaam which he said had 198 patients and is now only left with 12 only. He stated that Mloganzira which had 30 patients currently has only six cases, adding that Luranzi centre in Kibaa had discharged 28 patients of out of the 50 it had admitted. He went further to announce that a number of airlines in the country had made full booking...
Coronavirus – Uganda: Five Tanzanians arrested for illegally entering Uganda

Coronavirus – Uganda: Five Tanzanians arrested for illegally entering Uganda

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, TANZANIA, UGANDA
RAKAI - The Police and Uganda People’s Defence Forces in Rakai district are holding five Tanzanian nationals said to have sneaked into the country amid the COVID-19 lockdown. Charles Mubiru, the Rakai Resident District Commissioner, confirmed the arrest, saying they were intercepted at Kamuli village in Kibanda sub-county on Friday. This is the same area where the Police intercepted two Burundians and a Ugandan who crossed from Tanzania on a motorcycle. Mubiru added that the district COVID taskforce authorities are keeping the suspects in isolation at the District Agricultural and Technical Centre (DATIC) for close monitoring.  He argued that some Ugandans and Tanzanians deliberately find their way in and out of the country through ungazetted border points. The taskforce has held...
Coronavirus – Tanzania: AfriCraft with support from the German Embassy will produce 6000 face masks in Dar es Salaam

Coronavirus – Tanzania: AfriCraft with support from the German Embassy will produce 6000 face masks in Dar es Salaam

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, TANZANIA
To assist in curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, AfriCraft with support from the German Embassy will produce 6000 face masks in Dar es Salaam. Muhumbili, Mwananyamala and Temeke hospitals will receive the masks and distribute them to the most vulnerable patients in sets of two in order to reduce the risk of infections. The masks will be of high quality following standards set by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Doctors without Borders (MSF). They will be washable and thus reuseable. 80 local tailors will produce the masks in the coming weeks. Her Excellency, the German Ambassador to Tanzania, Mrs. Regine Hess, and the Founder of AfriCraft, Mr. Meinolf Kuper, signed the project document today. The project volume is 11.200 Euro, with the German Embassy contributi...
Coronavirus – Tanzania: Embassy partner urges protection of rights as Tanzania responds to COVID-19

Coronavirus – Tanzania: Embassy partner urges protection of rights as Tanzania responds to COVID-19

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, TANZANIA
Like governments across the world, public authorities in Tanzania have introduced a range of measures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. These include public education about the outbreak, the closure of educational institutions, and promotion of hand washing. The Embassy of Ireland has sought to complement the efforts of the government in combating the spread of COVID-19 through provision of dedicated funding, guidance and support to existing partners to adjust their work-plans in a manner that suits the context, and maximizes their contribution to limiting the impact of COVID-19. The Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC), a leading human rights organisation and Embassy partner since 2018, has responded by focusing on the nexus between human rights and COVID-19. LHRC’s advoc...
Tanzanian Minister reveals shocking details about Madagascar’s anti-COVID-19 drug

Tanzanian Minister reveals shocking details about Madagascar’s anti-COVID-19 drug

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Madagascar, TANZANIA
Tanzania's Foreign Minister, Prof. Palamagamba John Kabudi has this Saturday, 9 May, revealed shocking details about Madagascar’s anti-COVID-19 Drug that has been making headlines after it emerged that it cures COVID-19 killer disease. Prof. Kabudi was speaking in a press conference just a day after he received the drug from Madagascar. According to Prof. Kabudi who went in person to get the drug, there is a given product or rather a drug sample that is being highly guarded. He noted that unlike other drug samples that Tanzania received up to 8 boxes of the same, there is one special drug that is being issued out by Madagascar's President Andry Rajoelina himself, and Tanzania only managed to get two bottles of the sample. "Na kule Madagascar, dawa hii anagawa Rais mwenyewe, na...
Tanzania’s health minister tests positive for coronavirus

Tanzania’s health minister tests positive for coronavirus

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, TANZANIA
DAR ES SALAAM – Tanzania’s health minister Ummy Mwalimu has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the minister’s tweetedas on Friday. The vibrant and outspoken minister, Ms. Ummy Mwalimu revealed she has tested positive for the deadly virus after developing mild symptoms. Regardless of her current health status, Ms. Ummy pledged to keep on serving the state. “It is unfortunate that I have tested positive for coronavirus. But I’ll continue to serve my nation remotely as if i was on the frontline till things get better”, she said in the tweet made in Swahili. Her case comes after it was announced that Augustine Mahiga, Tanzania’s minister for constitution and legal affairs, had died earlier on Friday, with no official explanation for his death. The legislator was 74. His...
Coronavirus – Tanzania: Magufuli Confirms That all Donated Covid-19 Testing Kits Are Fake

Coronavirus – Tanzania: Magufuli Confirms That all Donated Covid-19 Testing Kits Are Fake

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, TANZANIA
Leader of Tanzania John Pombe Magufuli has freely upbraided the testing packs for COVID-19 that were given to Africa by European contributors naming them as phony. In a viral video coursing on every single social medium stages, Magufuli has given the above report saying they affirmed the outcomes subsequent to taking blood tests from various creatures and in the wake of testing the outcomes came out positive for coronavirus. In his declaration he says that the group drove by Ministry of Health PS Professor Mabula Mchembe extricated blood tests from creatures like quails, goats and pawpaw, took them to the Tanzanian research center, named them human names and after testing the outcomes came out positive for COVID-19.  " The example from a paw which we marked as Elizabeth Anne tried p...
Coronavirus -Tanzania: Gov’t Accused of Hiding Large Numbers of Covid-19 Deaths

Coronavirus -Tanzania: Gov’t Accused of Hiding Large Numbers of Covid-19 Deaths

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, TANZANIA
Tanzania is one of the African Countries that have registered highest numbers of positive cases of Covid-19 in a day. The country has also registered high number of deaths from the deadly virus with four prominent people said to have succumbed. Sumve MP Richard Ndassa, aged 61 died on Wednesday last week in Dodoma with the country’s National Assembly Speaker Job Ndugai indicating that he died after a short illness. Word has it that he passed on from COVID-19. On April 20, the ruling party CCM lost another lawmaker MP Reverend Gertrude Rwakatare who died in Dar es Salaam. The Late Sumve MP Richard Ndassa The most shocking death was of the country's Justice and constitutional affairs minister Augustine Mahiga. Tanzania media reports indicate that Mahiga passed on in the wee hours o...
Coronavirus: Tanzanian President defends his government for not opting for lockdown

Coronavirus: Tanzanian President defends his government for not opting for lockdown

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Politics, TANZANIA
Tanzanian President John Ponbe Magufuli says if he does any form of lockdown, neighbouring states will suffer most. He said many countries rely on the Dar-es-salaam Port such as Zambia, Burundi, DRC, Rwanda, Uganda and Malawi. Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli "How will they access fuel in this difficult time?”“How will their ambulances operate and move the sick?”Magufuli has also refused to implement social-distancing measures against Churches and Mosques saying people should be allowed to meet and pray and has allowed such gatherings.“We must continue gathering to help praying for the nation”. he said at yet another church gathering.He has also said key sectors such as agriculture should not be affected or closed and their workers should be allowed to work.“Farmers must c...
Harmonize and Others are Now Supporting My Enemies, Diamond Platnumz Opens Up

Harmonize and Others are Now Supporting My Enemies, Diamond Platnumz Opens Up

AFRICA, African stars, celebrity, CELEBRITY GOSSIP, EAST AFRICA, Entertainment, MUSIC, TANZANIA
Celebrated Tanzania singer Diamond Platnumz has revealed how his haters and enemies are being supported by artists he groomed and introduced to the market. Diamond was speaking during his newly unveiled artist, Zuchu's Extended Play (EP) launch that wend down on Sunday night. He revealed his urge to help artists, regardless of some dumping him at the end and even join hands with his enemies. Diamond said his humble background and the problems he went through as Nassib Abdul Juma before he become a celebrated Diamond Platnumz is the main reasons why he is willing to help upcoming talents. Diamond Platinumz The 'Jeje' hit-maker said some artists he supported, are now helping his enemies. We understand it is Harmonize alias Konde Boy, who ditched Diamond Platnumz's Wasafi Reco...
Tanzania Confirm Highest Number of Coronavirus Cases in a Single Day

Tanzania Confirm Highest Number of Coronavirus Cases in a Single Day

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, TANZANIA
The ministry for health of Tanzania on Monday morning confirmed 14 new cases of coronavirus in the country. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 46. This is the highest number the country has ever recorded in a single day. So far Tanzania has recorded 3 death and 7 recoveries. All the cases are Tanzanian nationals, 13 of of the cases are residents of Dar es salaam while 1 is from Arusha. The ministry said all patients have already been put under treatment and contact tracing is ongoing. The Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Hon Ummy Mwalimu The ministry emphasised on the need of the citizens to continue observing preventive measures especially keeping social distance and avoiding non essential travels. With this first...
Coronavirus – Tanzania: Telecom Supports Customers Working, Learning Remotely

Coronavirus – Tanzania: Telecom Supports Customers Working, Learning Remotely

AFRICA, Business, EAST AFRICA, ECONOMY, TANZANIA, TECHNOLOGY
Tanzania and the rest of the world is facing a challenging time with the spread of coronavirus, staying connected with Vodacom has never been more important. The Director of Vodacom business at Vodacom, Mr. Arjun Dhillon, said over the weekend that the company is positioned to support businesses, learning institutions and organisations to continue operations but also keeping people connected during these unprecedented times. Vodacom Tanzania provides critical connectivity and communications infrastructure across the country. "We have invested billions improving our infrastructure in the past 20 years and in recent days we have seen how critical it is, we continue to improve our capacity and minimize congestions as more customers demand ICT infrastructure to work remotely," he sai...
Coronavirus – Tanzania: Campaign for education and information in COVID-19 crisis in Tanzania

Coronavirus – Tanzania: Campaign for education and information in COVID-19 crisis in Tanzania

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, HEALTH, TANZANIA
UNESCO has launched a communication campaign in reinforcement to UN and national efforts against the corona virus in partnership with @ElimikaWikiendi, a popular Kiswahili online social media platform in Tanzania and Eastern Africa for public education in development. UNESCO outreach and interventions aim to support solidarity, counter misinformation, hate speech and myths, tackle racism, promote resources for education and distance learning, protection of journalists, and support quality, gender responsive and accurate programming by media, particularly the community radios. In preventing the spread of the pandemic, access to quality, gender responsive and accurate information is key to dispel myths, curb the spread of fear and ensure that the public has the facts to keep themselve...
Coronavirus – Tanzania Tightens COVID-19 Vigilance

Coronavirus – Tanzania Tightens COVID-19 Vigilance

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, TANZANIA
The Tanzanian Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children issued an updated Travel Advisory to accommodate trucks and vehicles carrying goods and services as part of measures to contain the spread of novel Coronavirus.According to the improved Travel Advisory Number Two of April 4th, this year, the updated measures follow directives of the joint meeting of the Ministers responsible for Health and East African Affairs of the regional bloc issued on March 25 this year on the novel virus preparedness and response.Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Ms. Ummy Mwalimu, said that following the directives, the Government reviewed and updated the Travel Advisory to accommodate free movement of goods and services.Ms. Mwalimu said tr...