Tanzania sees mixed messages on Zanzibar progress, political stability

Tanzania sees mixed messages on Zanzibar progress, political stability

Zanzibar’s economic growth is showing encouraging signs, with improvements in health and the transportation sectors – but some analysts say there is trouble brewing again in the self-governing region. “We are doing well so far economically, socially, and politically under President Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein,” said Mohamed Aboud Mohamed, during…

Magufuli: what next?

John Pombe Magufuli earned a doctorate in Chemistry from the University of Dar es Salaam in 2009 and five years later became president of Tanzania. He has since impressed many, including his former critics with his hands on leadership style in the East African nation. “I will fight corruption without fear or favor; I will…

Diana Taremwa Karakire

Diana Taremwa Karakire is a freelance journalist based in Uganda.

Tanzania awaits final word on Lake Malawi dispute

Malawi and Tanzania have been at loggerheads on where the border should be drawn between the two countries on the third largest fresh water body in Africa-Lake Malawi also known as Lake Nyasa in the neighbouring country; Owen Nyaka investigates. A new revelation under President John Magufuli’s leadership shows that…

Owen Nyaka

Owen has been a jounalist since 2001 and worked in a number of print and electronic media including the Malawi's lone news agency.

Free education in Tanzania

The implementation of free education in Tanzania has seen a three-fold increase in the numbers of children attending schools in some areas compared to last year, reported The Arusha Times. Hundreds of children lined up to register as schools opened their doors in January. In December last year the government…

New PM of Tanzania: Majolica Kassim

The new President of Tanzania, John Magufuli, yesterday announced the country’s new prime minister. The now current prime minister, Majaliwa Kassim, age 54, was a former junior minister. He worked as the deputy local government minister during the preceding administration. Kassim has been described as a surprising choice for the…

Tanzanian miners rescued

Tanzania has been highlighted in the media for a myriad of issues lately, in recent days the story of five miners who were trapped underground for 41 days. The miners were found alive this Sunday in the Kahama District of Tanzania. They were immediately rushed to hospital where their conditions…

Zanzibar officially annuls elections

Zanzibar the semi-autonomous archipelago has officially annulled its elections held last month after rising tension and violence over the self-proclaimed victory by the opposition before the official results were announced. The local election commission in Zanzibar scrapped the Zanzibar presidential vote saying “gross violations” had been committed. Agence France-Presse reported…

Tensions continue to rise in Zanzibar

Tensions in Zanzibar continue to grow with two bombs exploding only minutes apart from the main city. However, no one was killed or injured. On Sunday Tanzania held national elections including a vote in Zanzibar which is a semi-autonomous archipelago. The opposition had claimed victory after Sunday’s vote but the…

Is Tanzania’s electoral behavior taking a turn for the worse?

Dogged by suspicions of planned rigging way before the poll date, fears of poll violence and an electorate seen as intolerant in its first really competitive elections, Tanzania seems to have taken a new turn. NAIROBI, Kenya— Tanzania’s 2015 general election has been described as different from other elections held…

Antony Langat

Anthony Langat is a freelance journalist based in Kenya and specializes in reporting on human rights issues, governance, security and climate change.

Time for Change in Tanzania

Despite a rapidly transforming world, bringing about change remains a difficult prospect. One example is Tanzania’s upcoming election on October 25th. For the first time in 55 years the ruling party, CCM (Party of the Revolution), faces the prospect of defeat if the elections are free and fair. Unfortunately, the…

Freeman Aikaeli Mbowe

Freeman Aikaeli Mbowe is a Member of Parliament and Chairman of Chadema, Tanzania’s leading opposition political party.

Uganda oil pipeline threatens regional alliance

A recent deal between Uganda and Tanzania to explore the viability of a joint pipeline may threaten the relationship with Kenya, which was first in line for the project. Last week Kampala announced it had signed a deal with Tanzania and oil company Total to explore the possibility of an…

Paul Busharizi

Paul Busharizi is currently a contributing editor (Business & Politics) at the Uganda's leading daily the New Vision.

Tanzanian Parliamentarians key in fight to end attacks on persons with albinism

In May 2015, Tanzania’s Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Minister, Pereira Silima, issued an unambiguous warning to the members of her country’s National Assembly. “I want to assure my fellow politicians that there won’t be any parliamentary seat that will be won as a result of using albino body parts,”…

Honourable Raynell Andreychuk

The Honourable Raynell Andreychuk is Senator from Canada, the former chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights, and former High Commissioner to Kenya, Uganda, and Ambassador to Somalia, and the Comoros.

Elections in Tanzania spelling danger for albinos in Kenya

Kenyan people living with albinism are living in constant fear of being attacked for their body parts due to elevated threat levels since the Tanzanian elections campaign begun. NAIROBI, Kenya— Since the campaigns for the forthcoming elections in Tanzania kicked off, albinos not only in Tanzania but also in Kenya…

Antony Langat

Anthony Langat is a freelance journalist based in Kenya and specializes in reporting on human rights issues, governance, security and climate change.