Tanzanian News

Tanzania Ranked 1st in East Africa in Use of Marijuana

Source: Tanzania Updates
Global Health

Today, December 1st, is World AIDS Day 2021

December 1 marks World AIDS Day, a day for the community and the world to support people living with HIV and raise awareness about the virus. UNAIDS said HIV infections are following lines of inequality and are not falling fast enough to stop the pandemic, as 1.5 million new HIV infections were reported in 2020. “It is still possible to end the epidemic by 2030,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres affirmed. “But that will require stepped-up action and greater solidarity. To beat AIDS —and build resilience against the pandemics of tomorrow—we need collective action.”


Tanzanian News

Tanzania: Opposition Chadema Member who Went Missing Found Dead

Mwanza. Police in Mwanza are investigating circumstances that led to the death of a member of the opposition Chadema, Erasto Makaranga.

Erasto Makaranga, who was the opposition party’s publicity secretary for Buswelu ward, went missing on November 17, 2021.

His colleagues in the party, friends and family members went on searching for his whereabouts for four days until on Saturday, November 20, 2021 when they came to discover that he had passed on and that his remains were being kept at a mortuary at the Sekou Toure Regional Referral Hospital.

The Mwanza Regional Police Commander, Mr Ramadhani Ng’anzi, told The Citizen on Monday that detectives had already been deployed at Buswelu in an effort to find out what actually happened.

Some more detectives, he said, had been deployed to Sekou Toure Hospital for a thorough autopsy.

“Our officers are still at the scene collecting evidence for further investigations. I urge the public to remain calm as we investigate the cause of the death and the findings will be revealed to the public,” he said.Advertisement

Earlier, the family spokesperson, Benjamin Makaranga said the family had planned to lay the body of Erasto Makaranga to rest on Monday, 22 November 2021.

However, an attempt to collect the body for burial hit the snag after police officers arrived at Sekou Toure to conduct an autopsy.

“We arrived this morning at the region’s referral hospital but we have been stopped by officers who say they want to conduct a post-mortem before allowing us to take it for burial,” said Mr Benjamin, who is the elder brother of the deceased.

According to the deceased’s sister, Macrina Makaranga, as soon as they had discovered that one of them was missing, they reported to a police post at Nyakato.

With several days passing without receiving any help from the law enforcers, the family decided to start searching in hospitals whereby they went to Bugando Referral Hospital before going to Sekou Toure where they found his body.

“His body looked to have been injured in some parts including in the head and his left hand,” Ms Macrina said.



Peter and Paul Okoye of the P-Square Fame Reconcile

The musical twin brothers who make up P-Square, one of Africa’s best-known Afrobeats groups, have reconciled ending a years-long bitter feud.

The Nigerian duo – Peter and Paul Okoye – fell out over a family dispute, finally splitting in 2017.

They jointly celebrated their 40th birthdays on Thursday letting their Instagram followers know they were back together.

In 2015, P-Square were named Artist of the Decade by MTV Africa.

It is not clear if the siblings will be making new music together, but fans, who have been celebrating the reconciliation, clearly want that to be the case.

They are hoping for more hits like Do Me, Chop My Money and Bizzybody, which catapulted the pair to fame across the continent and beyond.

The exact cause of the fall-out has never been made public however past attempts at bringing them together, involving politicians, religious leaders and other celebrities fell through.

Various social media posts that they shared since the split hinted that the feud involved their wives and older brother, who was also their manager.

But in an Instagram message on Thursday, Peter and Paul said “2 heads are better than 1.”

There had already been hints that the two may have ended the row after they followed each other on Instagram. Then a video of them embracing went viral on Wednesday.

After the split they both went on to start solo careers as Mr. P (Peter) and Rudeboy (Paul) but neither reached the levels of success they achieved as P-Square.

As a duo they dominated the Nigerian music scene for years and were one of the first groups to export Afrobeats to other parts of the continent.

Their sell-out live performances were enhanced by their energetic break-dancing routines.

There were also collaborations with performers such as Tanzania’s Diamond Platinumz and American superstar Akon.

They signed to Akon’s Konvict Muzik label in 2011 and then a year later clinched a distribution deal with Universal Music Group.

As well as being named MTV Africa’s Artist of the Decade in 2015 they won the Best Group title three times.

African Politics

Gaddafi’s Son al-Saif Submits Candidacy for Libya’s Presidential Elections

African Politics Diplomacy Tanzanian News

Sisi: Egypt Fully Supports Julius Nyerere Dam Construction that Achieves Tanzanian People’s Aspiration

CAIRO – 10 November 2021: Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi reiterated Egypt’s full support to the implementation of the Julius Nyerere dam project, saying it achieves the aspirations of the brotherly Tanzanian people for a better life.

In a press conference in Cairo on Wednesday with his Tanzanian counterpart, Samia Hassan, Sisi said the dam project represents a model of Egypt’s support to the rights of the Nile Basin countries in achieving optimum use of water resources in a way that does not negatively affect the rights and resources of other countries.

“I affirm full support to the implementation of the Julius Nyerere dam project to ensure the best performance levels and construction standards so that the dam becomes a pioneering model and symbol of cooperation and friendship between Egypt, Tanzania and all sisterly African countries,” Sisi said.

The Egyptian president said he discussed with Hassan a number of regional and international issues of mutual concern as well as the developments regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) crisis with Sudan and Ethiopia.

GERD represents an “existential issue that affects the lives of millions of Egyptians,” Sisi said.

Sisi said he affirmed during the discussions with Hassan the need to reach a legally-binding agreement that regulates the filling and operation of the dam based on the international law rules and the outcome of the UN Security Council in this regard.

This should be “away from any unilateral approach that seeks to impose fait accompli and ignore the basic rights of peoples,” Sisi said, affirming that Egypt views the River Nile as a source of cooperation and development and life line for all Nile Basin countries.

Sisi expressed appreciation of the bilateral relations with Tanzania based on a “joint political will” that seeks to preserve and develop these ties in various fields during the coming period.

He added that his discussions with Hassans were “fruitful” and reflected mutual understanding and coordination on a number of bilateral and regional issues of mutual concern.

“Our political will has agreed on launching a new phase of strategic relations gathering the two countries and building on the important achievments witnessed by these relations during the past years,” Sisi said.

The Egyptian president said he affirmed during the discussions Egypt’s support to Tanzanian developmental plans to achieve progress and development for Tanzania.

“I also affirm Egypt’s readiness for cooperation regarding transferring Egyptian expertise, securing technical assistance, and enhancing building capabilities of Tanzanian national cadres, through providing training courses,” Sisi said.

He added that many Egyptian bodies provide these training courses to Tanzania, on top of which is the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development.

“We agreed on the importance of optimum exploitation of our resources to serve the interests of the two countries through boosting trade exchange rates,” Sisi said, saying Egypt hopes that trade between Egypt and Tanzania increase during the coming period.

sisi t1

During the presser, Hassan said her visit has provided an “opportunity to enhance our bonds … which are built on a very solid foundation by our founding fathers” Nyerere and Nasser.

Hassan said she discussed with Sisi bilateral, regional, continental and global issues of mutual concern, including diplomatic, political, economic, and social ties, progress on the construction of the Julius Nyerere Dam and the need of enhancing cooperation in trade, education, sports, tourism.

“Upon (the dam) completion we’re expecting it’s going to produce 2115 mw of electricity,” Hassan said.

Hassan said she and Sisi reaffirmed satisfaction in the historic longstanding excellent relations with Egypt.

In regard to peace and security, Hassan said she informed Sisi that Tanzania continues to enjoy peace, stability and tranquility in all fields of life, including political, economic, social and cultural fields.

“This situation has provided an opportunity for the government to focus its efforts to strengthen economy and improve social services,” she said.

Hassan said the Tanzanian government appreciates the longstanding technical assistance provided by the government of Egypt through the various areas of cooperation.

She added that Egypt’s support to Tanzania in the education sector has played a vital role in building capacity, and increasing knowledge, skills and expertise

Concerning economic cooperation, Hassan called for Egyptian investors to explore opportunities in Tanzania, vowing that her government will provide the necessary facilitation for those willing to invest in the country.

“Tanzanian economy, like many other economies, succumbed to the effects of the covid pandemic. In order to revive our economy, we have introduced several packages in our key sectors affected by pandemic such as tourism and we expect to fairly grow economically,” Hassan said.

She added that the Tanzanian GDP is expected to grow by 4.6 this year and next year.

Tanzania welcomes investors from Egypt to come and explore investment opportunities in Tanzania in areas of livestock, agriculture sector, tourism and hospitality, pharmaceuticals, transportation, mining and manufacturing industries.

“My government will render the necessary facilitation to the Egyptian business community wishing to invest into business in the country,” she said.

On defense and security, Hassan said Egypt and Tanzania share mutual concern for peace and security at regional and global level.

She thanked Egypt for the continuous support in providing capacity building to the Tanzanian military personnel.

She added that discussions with Sisi also affirmed the need to further enhance cooperation by exchanging of expertise in peacekeeping and the fight against terrorism.

She hailed late Egyptian President Gamal Abdel-Nasser and Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere as “revolutionaries” who shared several views regarding Africa collaboration.

These two leaders were revolutionaries who shared several views on Africa collaboration and unity as well as struggle for global quality, justice system and economic emancipation of the African continent and people of Africa, she added.


Tanzanian News Uncategorized

Tanzania: President @SuluhuSamia Kicks off 3-Day State Visit to Egypt Tomorrow

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu will start a 3-day state visit to Egypt tomorrow following invitation from President Abel Fatah al-Sisi.

During the visit, the two leaders will hold talks on diplomacy, economy, politics, tourism and social services.

President Samia will also witness signing of 1 agreement and 7 pacts.

Human Rights Tanzanian News

Tanzania: Popular Local Rapper Ney wa Mitego’s New Song Banned by Govt, Raising Suspicion that President @SuluhuSamia is now Following Her Predecessor Magufuli Authoritarian Path

Tanzanian News Uncategorized

Tanzania in the Spotlight for ‘Withdrawal’ from Arusha-based Human-rights Court

👉 In 2019, Tanzania became the second country in the EAC, after Rwanda, to withdraw the right of individuals and non-governmental organisations to directly access the African Court. Rwanda withdrew in 2016.
👉 Of the 55 AU member states, 31 have ratified the protocol establishing the continental court.
👉 Tanzania has the highest number of cases filed by individuals and NGOs, at 156 applications, as well as judgments issued against it by the African Court.

Tanzania has come under continental scrutiny for withdrawing from the African Court on Human and People’s Rights, which it hosts in Arusha.

In 2019, Tanzania became the second country in the EAC, after Rwanda, to withdraw the right of individuals and non-governmental organisations to directly access the African Court. Rwanda withdrew in 2016.

At the conference on the Implementation and Impact of Decisions of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights’ held last week in Dar es Salaam, participants observed that 15 years after the court was established, it is facing major challenges.

The court’s president Justice Imani Aboud, a Tanzanian, said that almost all its decisions are not enforced. Only six of the founding member states recognise its jurisdiction.

“This does not honour Africa, it does not honour member states of the African Union, it does not honour the African Court and Africans,” Justice Aboud said.

The Court was established in June 1998, with the protocol coming into force on January 25, 2004.


Of the 55 AU member states, 31 have ratified the protocol establishing the continental court. Of the 31, only six — Burkina Faso, Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Malawi and Tunisia — have deposited a declaration recognising the competence of the Court to receive cases directly from NGOs and individuals.

On November 14, 2019, Tanzania’s then Foreign Affairs minister Palamagamba Kabudi signed a notice of withdrawal, and deposited it with the African Union Commission on November 21, 2019. The withdrawal took effect on November 22, 2020. But, after the death of president John Magufuli in March, President Samia Suluhu’s administration declared that Tanzania had not exited.

Liberata Mulamula, the current Foreign Affairs minister, said that the country wanted its citizens to first exhaust the local court processes before proceeding to the African Court.

“We have not withdrawn from the court. That is why Tanzania is still the headquarters of the court. We cannot withdraw and still host the court’s headquarters,” she added.

Her sentiments were later echoed by Vice President Philip Mpango.

“Tanzania hasn’t withdrawn from the African Court. Instead, the country has withdrawn from the Declaration made under Article 34 (6) of the Protocol on the African Charter for the Establishment of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, which permits individuals and non-government organisations to directly access the court,” he told delegates.

Read more

Tanzanian News

Tanzania: Concern as Body of Albino Exhumed

Dar es Salaam. The Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC), Tanzania Albinism Association (TAA) and the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC) have condemned exhumation of the body of a 5-year old albino, Heri Kijangwa, on October 24 this year.

The incident reportedly took place at Tanda Village in Lushoto District, Tanga Region where unknown people dug up the grave, cut off his right leg and took it away.

This is the second such incident this year. Between May 3 and 4, it was reported that the body of another five-year old albino child was found with both hands cut off in Nondo Village, Uyui District.

Speaking to journalists in the city, LHRC Executive Director Anna Henga said this was all most sad dening.

She said it was a violation of human rights and human dignity, according to the Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania and international human rights treaties.

“With great sadness, we strongly condemn these incidents. It is a fact that, fear, anxiety and doubt in people with albinism has begun to return.

“We urge the government and the police force to ensure that this case does not end at the level of investigation instead all the suspects should be brought to justice and severe punishment meted out.”

TAS Secretary Mussa Kabimba said in the past four years the incidents had ended and called on the government to put in place effective strategies to improve security and safety.

“We see the need for a concerted efforts and a comprehensive strategy to improve security and safety and to address these issues.

“Where the government is failing to address and investigate it may be the reason for these incidents to start again, ”said Mr Kabimba.

Programme oofficer from THRDC Perpetua Senkoro called on the government to make public the perpetrators of these incidents and take stern action against them.