Trump imposes visa restrictions on un-named Tanzanians
Africa editor, BBC World Service
The US has imposed visa restrictions on Tanzanian officials it says were responsible for undermining the general elections last October.
The outgoing Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, said those targeted subverted the electoral process and violated human rights.
He said the intimidation and arrest of opposition candidates, widespread voting irregularities and internet disruptions meant the polls were neither free nor fair.
The October election was won by the incumbent John Magufuli with more than 80% of the vote.
A state department statement on the visa directive did not name the sanctioned Tanzanian officials.
Today is the last full working day for President Donald Trump, his successor Joe Biden will be sworn in on Wednesday as the 46th president of the US.
Magufuli rallies Tanzanians to feed world post-Covid
Tanzania's President John Magufuli has rallied farmers in the country to increase food production, predicting global food scarcity later in the year caused by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
He urged farmers to take advantage of the reduced production by the largest food-producing countries in the wake of health restrictions imposed across the world.
"This year there is a possibility of a severe famine in the world because many people are in lockdown because of corona, but this should not discourage us because even if they are imprisoned they still need to eat. We will grow crops that we will sell to them," he told a gathering in the north-western town of Bukoba.
The Tanzanian president has been criticised for downplaying the pandemic in the country, he has repeatedly said the health crisis had been exaggerated and mocked those who wear masks.
In June he declared that the country was "coronavirus-free" thanks to prayers by citizens.
The World Health Organization (WHO) expressed concern over the government's strategy on Covid-19.
Tanzania to auction 30 wildlife hunting blocks
The Tanzanian government has invited interested bidders as it
auctions 30 “tourist hunting blocks” within game reserves and other areas.
“The Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority (TAWA) invites
applications from qualified applicants for the allocation of Tourist Hunting
Blocks through electronic auctioning” the authority says on its website.
Tawa has set out requirements for companies interested in
the blocks, including being registered “within Tanzania intending to engage
in hunting of animals”, as well having at least one director with five years of experience in
wildlife-based business and conservation in the country.
“Eligible hunting companies can be allocated up to five hunting
blocks each, which shall be of different categories. Auctioning will commence
on 8 February 2021 and will last for seven consecutive days” the authority
Some of the
hunting blocks are located within the Selous Game Reserve ecosystem, which is
listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site. Tourism is one of
the key pillars of Tanzanian economy.
The government initially placed 26 hunting
blocks on an online auctioning platform in 2019 in order to enhance
transparency and curb corruption.
Last year’s auction
was reportedly shelved after the government was unable to sell many of the blocks in previous
Tanzania and Mozambique leaders meet over insecurity
BBC News, Dar es Salam
Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi has concluded a one-day state visit to Tanzania where bolstering bilateral cooperation and security between the two neighbouring countries were top of the agenda.
President John Magufuli and Mr Nyusi did not issue a joint statement as many observers had expected but Mr Nyusi said after the meeting that they had "talked about the security situation".
Mozambique's northernmost province of Cabo Delgado, which borders Tanzania's southern Mtwara region, has been riven by violence since 2017.
An Islamist militant group, which has pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State group, has carried out raids and deadly attacks killing hundreds and displacing thousands of people in the gas-rich region.
This attack happened weeks after the militants crossed the border to Mtwara region and killed an unspecified number of people.
Concerned about the insurgency spilling into its territory, Tanzania deployed troops along its southern border.
Police chiefs from both countries have also held meetings to assess the situation.
Chinese official thanked for not wearing mask in Tanzania
Tanzania's president has thanked a visiting Chinese minister for not wearing a mask, claiming it proves there's no coronavirus in the country.
"I want to thank minister Wang Yi, he knows in Tanzania we don't have Corona that's why he's not wearing a mask. Thank you very much Mr Wang Yi... and to demonstrate I will shake his hand as we head to share a meal together," President John Magufuli said.
Yet Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi seemed to be the odd one out in his delegation, with the rest wearing masks as seen in this video:
She is the founder of Faithless Hijabi - a group which helps women who face recriminations for renouncing Islam.
She was released on bail the next day and the International Coalition of Ex-Muslims released a statement saying she was facing three charges including criticising the Tanzanian president's handling of the coronavirus pandemic on Twitter and using a SIM which was not registered to her name.
However, Tanzanian police boss Simon Sirro didn't mention two of those charges when talking to journalists on Monday, instead only saying that she was being questioned over her citizenship status.
Tanzania has reportedly said it has no plans to import
Covid-19 vaccines, instead pinning its hopes on research into “local herbs”.
In an interview with the East African newspaper, health ministry spokesperson Gerald Chami went on to cast doubt on the safety and
efficacy of imported vaccines.
He said that development has been too rapid
for effective testing.
Covid-19 vaccine tests meet rigorous international
Tanzania’s approach to Covid-19 has been at odds with its East African neighbours, which have seen a recent surge in cases.
The country stopped reporting new cases at the end of April,
and President John Magufuli said that the country was virus-free.
Tanzanian former MP granted asylum in Canada
A former Tanzanian opposition MP Godbless Lema has been granted asylum in Canada, Kenyan media reports.
He had fled to Kenya through the Lungalunga border and was briefly detained before being allowed into the country.
His Kenyan lawyer George Wajackoyah has been quoted by local media as saying that Mr Lema left the country on Wednesday night.
Mr Lema arrived in Kenya last month accompanied by his wife and three children.
He fled shortly after the Tanzania elections in October in which President John Magufuli was declared the winner. His main challenger Tundu Lissu disputed the result.
Mr Lissu fled to Belgium, saying his life was in danger.
Tanzanian ministers warned against selfies and WhatsApp leaks
Tanzania's President John Magufuli has warned his new cabinet against the "strange sickness" of leaking confidential official communications on WhatsApp groups.
President Magufuli also warned ministers against taking "selfies" while on duty, saying their work will be "visible" through results achieved.
He made the remarks on Wednesday at an event to swear in ministers and their deputies in the capital, Dodoma.
"In government there is now a strange sickness where even communications are posted on WhatsApp groups. Some confidential communications are being leaked. Let's adhere to our oaths," President Magufuli is quoted as saying in a tweet by the government spokesperson.
A Tanzanian MP nominated for a government post has been dropped and replaced after he hesitated and struggled to take the oath of office.
Francis Ndulane, who was to become assistant minister in the mines ministry, attempted to say the words several times before being asked to take a seat as other nominees were called to take their oath.
A video of the event attended by President John Magufuli has been shared on Twitter.
Human Rights Watch: Burundi refugees 'tortured' in Tanzania
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused Tanzanian authorities
of “gravely” abusing at least 18 Burundian refugees and asylum seekers since
late last year.
In a new report, the rights watchdog says Tanzanian police and
intelligence services forcibly disappeared, tortured, and arbitrarily detained
at least 11 Burundians for up to several weeks in abysmal conditions in a
police station in Kibondo, Kigoma region.
authorities forcibly returned eight of them to Burundi where they have been
detained without charge, while three were released in Tanzania, the report says.
Seven other refugees
and asylum seekers have been arrested and forcibly disappeared since January this
year, the HRW said.
Tanzanian government should urgently and impartially investigate allegations
that Burundians have been abducted, tortured, and illegally handed over to
Burundian authorities, and ensure that those responsible are held to account,”
the watchdog said.
More than 150,000 live in Tanzanian camps, many of whom fled violence in Burundi after then-president Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision
to run for a disputed third term in 2015.
The HRW says it has not received
any response from Tanzanian authorities after sending letters seeking answers
about investigations on the cases.
Berlin to name street after Tanzanian independence activist
Councillors in the German capital, Berlin, have voted to replace a street name honouring a colonial governor in East Africa accused of having ordered massacres with one of a leading female Tanzanian independence activist.
Wissmannstraße, named after Hermann von Wissmann, is set to become Lucy-Lameck-Straße.
She was Tanzania's first female cabinet minister as well as a leading figure in the country's independence movement.
Von Wissman was governor of German East Africa (now Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda) in the late 19th Century and is believed to have behind the mass killings of local people, German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Berlin Postkolonial, one of the groups behind the call for the name change, welcomed the local authority's decision.
In a statement it said that the campaign had prevented "the further honouring" of Von Wissmann and in its place put "a Tanzanian woman who
actively opposed colonialism and racism".
was a racist war criminal. Lucy Lameck stands for the undervalued contribution
of Tanzania's women to the fight for our independence," Tanzanian activist Mnyaka Sururu Mboro said.
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