The President of Tanzania, Samia Suluhu Hassan is leaving today September 18, 2021 for New York in the United States to attend the 76th General Assembly of the United Nations, where on the 23rd she is expected to address the council. Along with the Summit, President Samia will also attend summits to discuss climate change issues, food security and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, she is also expected to meet with other heads of state and leaders of international organizations with the aim of strengthening cooperation and relations between Tanzania and their countries and institutions.
Translation (unofficial): the government has said it intends to put in place a system to monitor online discussions especially on Twitter, where many people meet… and could lead to disturbances if let unmonitored as leaders are getting insulted.
Reports from Tanzania indicate that access to Twitter is only possible using VPN.
There has been a shootout near the French embassy in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam.
The suspected shooter has been neutralised by a sniper.
The motive of the attack is still not clear and authorities are yet to comment.
The shooting occurred as President Samia Suluhu met police chiefs at a different location in Dar es Salaam.
The US embassy in Tanzania has issued an advisory urging its citizens to avoid the area near the French embassy and monitor local media for information.
Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan is being criticised online for her remarks on female footballers having “flat chests” and being unattractive for marriage.
The president was speaking at state house in Dar es Salaam to receive a trophy won by the national under-23 football team for the season’s Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa) challenge cup.
She said while women were making the country proud by winning trophies, some of them did not stand a chance at getting married because of the way they looked.
“If we bring them here and line them up, for those with flat chests, you might think they are men – not women,” she said of the women’s football team.
She said while some of the sportswomen were married, most of them were not, “and for the way they are, a life of marriage… is a just a dream”.
The president said sportspeople were living a tough life after their career in sports and asked the authorities to ensure their future was well taken care of after retirement. She noted that it was particularly harder for women “where their legs are tired, when they have retired from the sport”.
However, there has not been any statement from the Tanzanian government regarding the rumoured ban.