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…

Zanzibar sets election rerun date

Zanzibar sets election rerun date

The chairman of the Zanzibar Electoral Commission, Jecha Salim Jecha announced that a date for the election rerun in Zanzibar is set for March 20. President John Magufuli was the winner in Tanzania however, Zanzibar remains in a confused state of affairs. The semi-autonomous archipelago went to vote on October…

Zanzibar: CCM call for election rerun

Zanzibar: CCM call for election rerun

While the situation remains calm in Zanzibar, the archipelago has not had a parliament since November last year due to questions over the validity of the presidential vote. Even though President John Magufuli was the winner in Tanzania, Zanzibar remains in a confused state of affairs. The semi-autonomous archipelago went…

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.