Campaigning begins in Tanzania on Wednesday ahead of a general election due at the end of October.
President John Magufuli, who is seeking re-election, faces 14 challengers.
The ruling CCM party has dominated Tanzania’s politics for decades. A united opposition during the last election gave the party the strongest challenge yet.
But the crowded race this time could give the president greater advantage.
Mr Magufuli was widely praised as a reformist when he took office five years ago but has since been accused of stifling dissent.
In June he controversially declared that the coronavirus had been defeated in Tanzania through the power of prayer.
Most Tanzanians have since resumed normal business in spite of concerns raised by critics at home and abroad.
This year’s elect...
NEW YORK, United States of America, August 21, 2020/ -- Zanzibar has received a $1.5 million grant from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to respond to COVID-19 (coronavirus)-related school closures and ensure that more than 520,000 children return to school safely, leaving no child left behind.
The grant is part of GPE’s $500 million COVID-19 response, which is helping countries respond to the immediate and long-term disruptions to education caused by the pandemic. The grant will also support the development of a back-to-school campaign to encourage students to return to school, targeting students who are the most at-risk of dropping out.
Hon. Riziki Pembe Juma, Minister of Education and Vocational Training Zanzibar, acknolwedged the grant support from GPE...
The Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) has "on reciprocal basis” rescinded its approval granted to Kenya Airways to resume international flights to Tanzania.
The retaliation is a reaction to Kenya’s omission of Tanzania from the list of 16 countries allowed to resume international flights into Kenya effective August 1, 2020, since the airports' shutdown in March when the coronavirus pandemic hit East Africa.
Kenya Transport cabinet secretary, James Macharia said flights from Uganda, Rwanda, Namibia, Morocco, Ethiopia Canada, Japan, South Korea, UAE, Qatar, Italy, UK France, Switzerland, USA (except California, Florida and Texas) can resume flying to Kenya so long as passengers arrive with PCR-based COVID-19 negative certificates and body temperature not exceeding 37.5 degrees...
Kampala, Uganda --- H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the President of Uganda has sent his message of gratitude to the late Benjamin Mkapa, Tanzania's third President who died on Friday 24, July 2020 in Dar-es-salaam.
President Museveni took to his Facebook page and wrote;
It is with a lot of sadness that I heard of the death of our brother, H.E Benjamin Mkapa. I started working with H.E Mkapa in 1967 when we were university students and he was the chief editor of the Nationalist newspaper. During the 1979 crisis, Ndugu Mkapa was delegated to handle the Moshi Conference that brought together the Ugandan exile groups including FRONASA. He was Foreign Affairs Minister that time.When he became President of Tanzania, we worked together to consolidate the East African Community. It is a great ...
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,...
Tanzania’s former President Benjamin William Mkapa, aged 81, has died, President John Magufuli has announced.
Tanzania’s president John Pombe Magufuli through a national broadcast confirmed Thursday July 24 that Mkapa died at a Dar Es Salaam hospital where he was admitted. The president further declared a seven-day national mourning period during which the national flag will be flown half-mast. “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.
Tanzania’s former President Benjamin William Mkapa, aged 81, has died
Mr Mkapa led Tanzania from 1995 to 2005 before handing over to Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.
He was born on November 12, 1938.
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.
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.
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...
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, July 15, 2020/ -- Naftali Elude Mzota, a driver for the Impala Shuttle Company in Tanzania, has been driving between Tanzania and Kenya for over 23 years. Asked about the difficulties of crossing the border, Mzota sighs.
"Customs clearance used to be a real challenge here, because there were two borders. You had to go through at the Tanzanian immigration office, and then repeat the exercise on the Kenyan side. It used to take between one and a half and two hours," he said, smiling. "That's all changed now. When passengers arrive, it doesn't matter which side they come from, a single checkpoint does all the administration and they are able to carry on across the border."
The land border between these two East African countries, now has just a single ...
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, July 8, 2020/ -- An African Development Bank (http://www.AfDB.org) project to enhance market infrastructure, value addition and rural finance (MIVARF) (https://bit.ly/38xRvFo) in Tanzania produced highly satisfactory results, according to a report released by the project team. The project, rolled out in the country between 2012 and 2017 increased the incomes of rural producers and traders threefold.
With $56.8 million in funding from the African Development Bank, the programme was undertaken in 32 districts with a population of 6.1 million in 1.2 million households. Approximately 78% of beneficiaries reported improved incomes, rising from an average of $41 in 2012 to $133 in 2017.
"This increase is attributable to the sale of value-added products, imp...
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, July 7, 2020/ -- The African Energy Chamber (https://EnergyChamber.org/) expresses its concerns over the alleged arrest and detention of three energy executives in Tanzania last week. Total Tanzania’s Managing Director Jean-Francois Schoepp, Puma Supply Manager Adam Eliewinga and Oryx’s representative August Dominick were arrested for questioning and taken into custody while attending a consultative meeting between oil marketers and the Energy and Water Regulatory Authority (Ewura) in Dar es Salaam.
The African Energy Chamber is calling for the respect of the rule of law, and asking that they be afforded all due processes as required by Tanzanian law. Given how critical these times are the ongoing economic crisis across the continent because of the Covid-19...
Vodacom customers will now have the option and ability to easily transfer and receive funds from individuals across more than 200 countries worldwideDAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, July 6, 2020/ -- Over 200 countries can send and receive money via Vodacom’s Tanzania M-Pesa; The mobile Money services continues to drive economic growth and financial inclusion in Africa.Tanzania’s leading mobile money service provider – Vodacom M-Pesa - has announced the expansion of its International Money Transfer service portfolio. Vodacom customers will now have the option and ability to easily transfer and receive funds from individuals across more than 200 countries worldwide.This was said recently at an international day of family remittances event held in Dar es Salaam where stakeholders met to deliber...
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 ...
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...
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.
GENEVA, Switzerland, June 23, 2020/ -- Situation overview
The COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving with almost nine-million conrmed cases worldwide. In Tanzania, the number of confirmed cases are 509 as of 29 April 2020, when figures were last updated. A serious risk exists for spread within the country, as well as in the three refugee camp locations. To forestall such an event which would have dire consequences on refugees and host communities, UNHCR and partners have initiated preparedness plans across all locations. The Regional Administration and Local Government, Kigoma Region COVID-19 Contingency Plan of March 2020 integrates refugees hosted in the region into the region’s primary strategy for COVID-19. Within the umbrella of this plan and in close cooperation with the Refugee ...
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, June 19, 2020/ -- Human mobility across the globe has played a major role in the rapid spread of COVID-19. Airports are one of the high-risk areas for the spread of infectious diseases. EAC Secretariat and the German Government have been working together within their joint programme “Support to pandemic preparedness in the EAC region” since March 2017. In the face of the Corona pandemic, the German Government committed an additional EUR 1 million (approximately: TZS 2,5 billion) to the EUR 6 million programme.
With part of these additional funds, the EAC Secretariat and the EAC Civil Aviation Safety and Security Oversight Agency (CASSOA) is implementing emergency COVID-19 intervention trainings for staff at the nine international airports in the six EAC Partner...
BASEL, Switzerland, June 18, 2020/ -- New collaborations aim to reduce the burden of sickle cell disease (SCD) in East Africa and improve access to high quality care; Program continues progress in Ghana with more than 2000 patients being treated with hydroxyurea in 11 treatment centers across the country; Novartis (www.Novartis.com) plans to roll the program out to a total of 10 African countries by 2022; Approximately 1 000 children in Africa are born with SCD every day and more than half will die before they reach the age of five.
Today, Novartis and its partners announced the expansion of the Africa Sickle Cell Disease program to East Africa with the signature of two new memoranda of understanding with the Ministries of Health of Uganda and Tanzania. The program, first launched in G...
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, June 9, 2020/ -- Notwithstanding Tanzania’s strong growth performance in 2019, a new World Bank report says its economy will also suffer the effects of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and global economic crisis.
The World Bank’s 14th Tanzania Economic Update (TEU) forecasts economic growth to slow sharply in 2020, to 2.5 percent from the 6.9 percent growth the government reported in 2019, while recognizing significant uncertainty as the pandemic continues to unfold. The report recognizes mitigating steps government has already taken, and this forecast assumes the authorities will take additional health and economic policy measures to mitigate negative impacts. However, there are downside risks for even slower growth if additional policy response is delayed ...