Tanzania’s Msuya steps up at UNEP following Solheim departure

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

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

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,…

A smarter genie in the bottle: technology holds the key to Africa’s counterfeit food crisis

A school just outside Nigeria’s capital Abuja became the site of an unforeseen tragedy in February this year when two 14-year-old classmates, Nahima and Yayaya, died after eating tainted biscuits at a school birthday celebration. Several of their classmates were hospitalised in the same incident, and threats from furious parents…

Michael Wilcox

I am a London-based researcher specialized in security issues and environmental protection. He is currently writing a book about the role lobbying plays in keeping African leaders in power.

Namibia shaken by 5.0-magnitude quake

Authorities in Namibia confirmed that a magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck the country Wednesday morning in the northern part of the southwestern African nation. The Geological Survey of Namibia, part of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, confirmed the shaking was a quake, with seismic data picked up by three network…

Philanthropist Gates weighs in on Trump, foreign aid policy

For this year’s annual letter, Bill and Melinda Gates took on 10 tough questions people ask about their philanthropy work. Here’s what the Microsoft founder, shown here in Tanzania, said about President Donald Trump and the impact on United States foreign aid policies: How are President Trump’s policies affecting your…