Light earthquake felt in parts of Tanzania, Kenya

Light earthquake felt in parts of Tanzania, Kenya

People in parts of Tanzania and neighboring Kenya experienced a light earthquake late Friday in a border region near the Indian Ocean coast. The magnitude-4.9 earthquake struck at 9:37 p.m. local time, about 19 kilometers from the mountain village of Maramba, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The…

Tanzanian-flagged ‘ghost ship’ washes up in Ireland

Tanzanian-flagged ‘ghost ship’ washes up in Ireland

In October 2018, it was the impending storm Leslie that forced a decision to rescue 10 crew members and abandon the MV Alta, a Tanzanian-flagged ship with disabled engines floating adrift in the Atlantic Ocean. On Sunday, it was the unusually powerful Storm Dennis that finally forced the “ghost ship”…

WHO says Tanzania is still withholding Ebola data

The confusion over cases of Ebola in Tanzania still isn’t resolved, and the World Health Organization says it’s not getting the information it needs from the East African nation nearly two weeks after it first heard of a suspected case in Dar es Salaam. That’s according to a WHO statement…

ECOWAS set to hear Sierre Leone case on pregnant student ban

An Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court will hold a hearing Thursday on Sierra Leone’s ban that prevents pregnant girls from attending school with their peers or sitting for their exams. Joining in the legal case on behalf of the affected girls is Amnesty International, which received permission…

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

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…

NFL player Ngata retires ‘on top’ from Mt. Kilimanjaro

American football player Haloti Ngata decided he was going out in style, so he announced his retirement from the National Football League from atop Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania on Monday. Ngota, a defensive tackle who played 13 seasons in the NFL including a 2012 Super Bowl win with the Baltimore…

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…