Five African nations among world’s fastest-growing populations

Five African nations among world’s fastest-growing populations

Population trends continue to put a number of African nations at the top of countries seeing the biggest increases by 2050, according to “The World Population Prospects 2019: Highlights” report released Monday by the United Nations. Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Egypt all are among the…

Damage, one death in Tanzania earthquake

Damage, one death in Tanzania earthquake

At least one person has died following a moderate earthquake that struck Thursday in the Lake Rukwa region of southwestern Tanzania. The 5.5-magnitude quake, centered beneath the lake itself, hit at 12:15 p.m. local time and affected the Katavi, Mbeya, Rukwa and Songwe regions. The fatality occurred south of the…

Tanzania’s latest media crackdown targets The Citizen

A leading English-language newspaper in Tanzania has been shut down for a week after a story on the country’s currency angered government officials, who accused The Citizen of publishing fake news. The Kiswahili site for The Citizen remained functional, with an explanation of what happened. “The closing of The Citizen…

Tanzania’s Gyumi receives UN human rights award

Rebeca Gyumi of Tanzania was honored Tuesday for her human rights work, during an awards ceremony for the United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights. Gyumi is the founder and executive director of the Msichana Initiative, a Tanzanian organization with a mission to empower girls through education and…

Tanzania’s Msuya steps up at UNEP following Solheim departure

The surprise resignation of Erik Solheim, the former United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) executive director, took effect Thursday with Tanzanian scientist Joyce Msuya tapped as acting director. The departure of the Nairobi-based Solheim followed a UNEP audit that determined he was rarely in Kenya. A draft of the audit, leaked…

UN chief calls for justice after C.A.R. attacks

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday said he stood in solidarity with the Central African Republic (CAR), as violence against civilians and UN peacekeepers again increases. His statement follows an attack Thursday on an IDP camp in the town of Alindao that left at least 37 people dead. That attack was…

Tanzania: Journalist watchdog group CPJ says staff detained

The Committee to Protect Journalists is calling on authorities in Tanzania to release two CPJ staffers they say were detained Wednesday night in Dar es Salaam. Angela Quintal, the CPJ coordinator for Africa, right, and colleague Muthoki Mumo went missing from their hotel room after officers who said they were…

Billionaire Mo Dewji safe in Tanzania

African billionaire Mohammed Dewji, who has been missing from Tanzania since an October 11 abduction, is now home and safe after his release over the weekend. “I thank Allah that I have returned home safely. I thank all my fellow Tanzanians, and everyone around the world for their prayers,” said a…

Magufuli orders arrest, Tanzania ferry toll at 224

President John Magufuli of Tanzania has ordered the arrest of a ferry captain who was not aboard when it capsized on Lake Victoria Thursday, killing at least 224 people. Magufuli, in a televised address, told Tanzanians that the captain of the MV Nyerere left an untrained pilot at the helm…

Zanzibar leader talks seaweed during Indonesia visit

The president of Zanzibar, the semi-autonomous Indian Ocean island nation belonging to Tanzania, has completed a visit to Indonesia that saw seaweed cultivation as a top priority of a trip focused on economy and trade. President Ali Mohammed Shein visited a processing facility in West Java operated by Agar Swallow,…