Tuesday, January 26We Break the News

TANZANIA

The MTV Africa Music Awards(MAMA) is here!

The MTV Africa Music Awards(MAMA) is here!

AFRICA, Entertainment, ETHIOPIA, Ghana, Guinea, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, Ivory Coast, KENYA, Lesotho, LIBYA, Nairobi, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, TANZANIA, UGANDA, West Africa
MTV Africa and MTV Base announced the return of the continental flagship award show in 2021. The Iconic MTV Base celebration, MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA), which showcases the ultimate in African culture, music, and creativity, will be held in a re-imagined virtual format in partnership with Uganda, The Pearl of Africa on February 20th 2021. The MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021 will be broadcast on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and MTV (DStv Channel 130). The repeat show will also be aired on BET Africa, BET International and MTV channels across multiple continents as a one-hour MAMA-themed MTV World Stage feature. The ultimate celebration of local African and international talent and achievement, MAMA 2021, in partnership with Uganda, The Pearl of Africa, recognizes and rewards mu...
BIOGRAPHY: Ali Kirunda-Kivejinja

BIOGRAPHY: Ali Kirunda-Kivejinja

AFRICA, Busoga Kingdom, EALA, EAST AFRICA, Electoral Comission, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, Kenyan Parliament, POLITICS, TANZANIA, UGANDA
By Dr Mohammed Kirunda Nkutu KK was born in an aristocratic family that traced its origin from the ancient kingdom of Bunyoro Kitara. He was born at the height of British colonial occupation of Uganda. Undertook Islamic instruction before formal education that took him to India,a newly independent nation. Changed his life career path from human medicine to a political calling  because of the influence of Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s founding prime minister who encouraged him to fight for his country’s independence. Formed a comradeship with John Kakonge, Wadada Musani, Kintu Musoke and Bidandi Ssali to infuse their energies and organize a party linked to the Indian National Congress as a vehicle for independence aspirations. At that tim...
Tanzanian police block opposition candidate’s entourage

Tanzanian police block opposition candidate’s entourage

BREAKING NEWS, POLITICS, TANZANIA
A convoy carrying Tanzania’s leading opposition candidate was blocked for at least several hours Tuesday, days after the country’s National Electoral Commission ordered a temporary halt to his campaigning because of alleged violations. Tundu Lissu, candidate for the Party for Democracy and Progress, or Chadema, was traveling to the Kibaha district from Dar es Salaam when heavily armed police halted his entourage about 24 kilometers west of the business capital. Members in Lissu’s convoy were detained, though not the candidate himself, according to local news organizations. The Citizen newspaper in Kenya reportedthe police as saying they would protect the candidate while he is in the region indefinitely. The Electoral Commission’s ethics committee last Friday suspended Li...
Despite COVID 19, Tanzania kicks off Presidential campaign as Magufuli faces largest list ever of candidates

Despite COVID 19, Tanzania kicks off Presidential campaign as Magufuli faces largest list ever of candidates

AFRICA, BREAKING NEWS, EAST AFRICA, POLITICS, TANZANIA
Tanzania officially entered its campaign season on 28 August, with President John Magufuli facing 14 challengers for the presidency. President Magufuli In a speech kicking off his election bid on Saturday, the 60-year-old incumbent promised to boost the country’s GDP, after the East African nation moved up the World Bank rankings in July, becoming a lower middle-income country. READ MORE Tanzania has what it takes to be ‘African economic giant’ He also promised to boost tourism earnings, continue reviving the national carrier, and create jobs for eight million people. The start of the 2020 campaign also marks the end of a four-year blanket ban on political activity. In June 2016, Magufuli’s administration banned political activities including ralli...
we discussed issues around the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline

we discussed issues around the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, TANZANIA, UGANDA
Held a meeting today with His Excellency John Pombe Magufuli in Chato, Tanzania, where we discussed a number of issues of bilateral interest to our countries. Uganda's President H.E Yoweri Museveni (L) being received by his host President John Pombe Magufuli.PPU Photo. Uganda's President H.E Yoweri Museveni Importantly, we discussed issues around the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project. It was a follow-up meeting after Uganda signed the Host Government Agreement with Total recently. Tanzani's President H.E John Pombe Magufuli.PPU Uganda's President H.E Yoweri Museveni (L) with his host H.E President John Pombe Magufuli sign the agreement.PPU Photo. In principle, we agreed that our governments expedite the harmonization of pending issues in the spirit of th...
AFRICA: Tanzania bans Kenya Airways due to Virus Pandemic

AFRICA: Tanzania bans Kenya Airways due to Virus Pandemic

AFRICA, KENYA, TANZANIA
Tanzania banned Kenya’s national airline from entering the country effective Saturday, in the latest move in a deepening row triggered by Tanzania’s controversial handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Tanzania said Kenya Airways flights were being banned “on a reciprocal basis” after Kenya decided against including Tanzania in a list of countries whose passengers would be permitted to enter Kenya when commercial flights resumed on 1 August. “Tanzania has noted… its exclusion in the list of countries whose people will be allowed to travel into Kenya,” Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority director general Hamza Johari said in a letter sent to Kenya Airways on Friday. “The Tanzanian government has decided to nullify its approval for Kenya Airways (KQ) flights between Nairobi and Dar/Ki...
BREAKING: Former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa passes on at 81

BREAKING: Former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa passes on at 81

AFRICA, TANZANIA
Tanzania's former President Benjamin William Mkapa, 81, has died, President John Magufuli has announced. While relaying the news on Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) July 24, President Magufuli said Mr Mkapa died at Dar es Salaam Hospital where he was admitted. “I call on all Tanzanians to receive the news of his death and to pray for Mzee Mkapa. More information will be released but Mzee Mkapa is no more,” he said in brief television statement. He also declared a seven-day mourning period. During this time, all flags in the country will be flown at half-mast. Mr Mkapa led Tanzania from 1995 to 2005 before handing over to Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete. He was born on November 12, 1938. The former president is known for leading several peace mediation efforts in the region,...
AFRICA: Tanzania presidential election to be held on October 28

AFRICA: Tanzania presidential election to be held on October 28

AFRICA, TANZANIA
Tanzania's election commission has set October 28 as the date for the country's highly anticipated presidential election. In a statement released on Tuesday, the body said the election campaign would run from August 26 to October 27. President John Magufuli will be seeking re-election after being chosen earlier this month as the candidate of the governing Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party. Chadema, the main opposition party, has several candidates vying for the nomination, including Deputy Chairman Tundu Lissu who lives in exile in Belgium after being shot outside his home in 2017. Party leader Freeman Mbowe, who was hospitalised last month with a broken leg after his party said he was beaten in a "politically-motivated" attack, has also announced his intention to run. Meanwh...
AFRICA: President Magufuli announces Tanzania a Covid-19 free country

AFRICA: President Magufuli announces Tanzania a Covid-19 free country

AFRICA, TANZANIA
President John Magufuli on Monday July 20, declared Tanzania `coronavirus-free'. "We decided to pray to God to save us from the coronavirus (Covid-19). God has answered our prayers," he said at the State House in Dodoma during the swearing in of Regional Commissioners, District Commissioners DCs and officials he appointed a few days ago. He called on the newly appointed officials to keep marketing Tanzania as a destination while making the world aware of the fact that the country is safe. "Tanzania is safe and this is evident by the many airlines that are bringing tourists," asserted Dr Magufuli. He said for Tanzania to keep attracting more tourists, every leader at his or her capacity should be an ambassador for the rest of the world to understand that the country is safe. ...
AFRICA: No masks, No Social distance as Open Presidential Campaign rallies kick off in Tanzania

AFRICA: No masks, No Social distance as Open Presidential Campaign rallies kick off in Tanzania

AFRICA, TANZANIA
Dr Hussein Ali Mwinyi on Sunday kicked off his campaigns with a tour of Pemba where he is set to be introduced as the ruling CCM party’s aspirant for presidency of Zanzibar. Hussein Ali was received at the Chakechake Airport by hundreds of CCM members and supporters amidst chants and sloganeering with no one putting on face masks to prevent spread of coronavirus. Hussein Mwinyi commenced his tour in Pemba and addressed hundreds of party members, carders and followers and outlined his leadership manifesto once elected as president. On the tour, Dr Mwinyi travelled with the seventh president of Zanzibar, the Chairman of the Revolutionary Council and CCM Vice Chairman, Dr Ali Mohamed Shein. In June this year, while attending a Church service in Dodoma, Tanzanian president John Po...
AFRICA: Tanzanian TV Station closed over false info on COVID-19 situation.

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

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, 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, 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, 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, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, 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, 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, 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...