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AFRICA: Tanzania bans Kenya Airways due to Virus Pandemic

AFRICA: Tanzania bans Kenya Airways due to Virus Pandemic

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, 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, ELECTIONS, 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, CORONAVIRUS, 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.

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...