Category Archives: Tanzania

Woman legislator thrown out of parliament because of ‘tight’ trousers

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Condesta Sichwale in yellow
image caption The MP was ordered to leave parliament after a complaint about her trousers

Female MPs in Tanzania have called for an apology to an MP who was ordered to leave parliament because of her trousers.

A male MP said the way some women dressed invited ridicule to parliament.

“Mr Speaker, an example there is my sister seated on my right with a yellow shirt. Look at the trousers she has worn, Mr Speaker!” Hussein Amar said in parliament on Tuesday.

The Speaker then ordered the MP, Condester Sichwale, to leave.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan on a charm offensive

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Tanzania’s new President Samia Suluhu Hassan has been on a charm offensive – trying to mend relations with neighbouring Kenya, which took a battering during her predecessor’s time.

John Magufuli, who died in March, was a prominent coronavirus sceptic and the late president’s controversial stance led to Kenya closing crossing points along their 750km (465-mile) border at one stage.

Mfumukeko’s troubled reign as EAC sec general

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The immediate former Secretary-General of the East African Community, Ambassador Libérat Mfumukeko hopes that he will be remembered as a man who steered the development of several infrastructure projects in the region and removal of ‘many’ non-trade barriers in the integration process.  

“From 2016 to 2021 under my tenure, the community has recorded significant achievements in implementing the four pillars of the integration process. Under the Customs Union, the EAC Single Customs Union has been consolidated and many non-tariff barriers have been resolved,” he says. 

The diplomat from Burundi, who had served as Deputy SG for Finance and Admiration handed over to Kenyan businessman and former EAC Legislative Assembly Representative, Peter Mathuki. Mfumkeko also served as an advisor to Burundi’s former president Pierre Nkurunziza as well as Director-General of Burundi’s energy and water utility, REGIDESO. 

Oil Pipeline; Compensation of PAPs May Cost Up to UGX 65Bn

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Compensation for persons affected by the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project may cost up to 65 billion shillings.

The estimate has been given by Robert Kasande, the permanent secretary ministry of energy and mineral development hours after the approval of the Resettlement Action Plan-RAP for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project.

The approved RAP is specific to the Uganda section of the project and paves way for the implementation of the land acquisition and resettlement process which involves completing the acquisition of land and securing the rights to the land, including payment of compensation and resettlement of affected households.

Oil Pipeline: Uganda, Tanzania sign important oil agreement

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Uganda and Tanzania have signed the East African Crude Oil Pipeline agreement. 

This signals the start of the construction of the pipeline that will transport Uganda’s oil from Hoima to the port of Tanga.

Among the agreements signed on Sunday between the officials from the government of Uganda and Tanzania and the oil companies’ CNOOC and Total are; Host Government agreement and the Tariff and Transportation agreement.

Speaking after the signing of the agreement that is over $10billion, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, said that he chose to work with Tanzania because of its historical contribution towards Uganda.

President Samia Suhulu of Tanzania to visit Uganda & sign oil deals

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The long wait for Uganda’s Final Investment Decision for oil and gas could come to an end this Sunday, following talks between government officials and industry leaders from Uganda and Tanzania.

Tanzania’s new president Samia Hassan Suluhu is due in the country for talks that should culminate into the signing of the deals on Sunday 11, according to a top official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The Tanzanian President will be on her journey in a few hours for talks, which will climax with the signing ceremony on Sunday,” the official said. This is President Suluhu’s first state visit since her elevation to replace the late John Pombe Magufuli, as the president of Tanzania last month.

End of Road: Tanzania’s “Bulldozer” Magufuli rests at his home town in Chato after mysterious death

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Tanzania’s late president John Magufuli was laid to rest Friday in his ancestral village in the country’s northwest after his sudden death last week from an illness shrouded in mystery.

Nicknamed the “Bulldozer” for his leadership style, Magufuli was buried in Chato after nearly a week being mourned by crowds in various cities as his casket was moved around the country.

Magufuli died aged 61 from what authorities say was a heart condition, after a mysterious absence of almost three weeks, and questions remain over the true cause of his death which the opposition says was from Covid-19.

East African Leaders Told to Learn from Magufuli’s Mistakes, Achievements

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The East African Law Society -EALS has called on leaders of East Africa to learn from the mistakes that John Pombe Magufuli, the President of Tanzania made during his five year term.

Magufuli who led Tanzania from 2015 died on 17th March 2021 and left behind a  legacy of a patriot who put his country first and was a man of action who developed the economy of Tanzania and cared about the ordinary Tanzanian.

On the other hand, there have been concerns of human rights violation and disinformation in regards to the fight against COVID-19 during the reign of Magufuli.  Human Rights Watch, an international Human Rights non-governmental organization, says Magufuli leaves behind a legacy of repression and serious human rights abuses.

Magufuli’s misguided African choir – Andrew M. Mwenda

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Since his death, former Tanzanian president, John Pombe Magufuli, has been an object of much praise from many commentators, including a large number Tanzanians. He has been lionized among others for his fight against corruption, public sector incompetence and profligate government spending. He did this through highly publicized stunts – firing public officials at a whim and on the spot, yelling at foreign investors and contractors in public and arbitrarily cancelling public contracts he did not like. While one could admire his motivations and intentions, I could not agree with Magufuli’s approach to reform. I was repulsed by the emotionally charged, personalized and arbitrary way in which he conducted public affairs.

Bobi Wine visits Tanzanian Embassy in Uganda, Mourns fallen Magufuli

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Bobi Wine visits Tanzanian Embassy in Uganda, Mourns fallen Magufuli. Whisper Eye News

The National Unity Platform(NUP) President Hon Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu aka Bobi Wine has today joined many to visit the Tanzania Embassy in Uganda to mourn the death of Dr John pombe Magufuli.

Bobi Wine went to the High Commission of the United Republic of Tanzania in Uganda where he signed the condolence book for the late President John Pombe Magufuli.

CSOs fear Magufuli’s Death May Impede EACOP Project Processes

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Different Civil Society Organisations -CSOs in Greater Masaka Region have said the death of Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli will hamper the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project processes especially the compensation process for the people affected by the oil pipeline project.

Winfred Ngabiirwe, the Executive Director of Global Rights Alert (GRA) says that Magufiuli’s demise will delay the vital negotiations on the pipeline project.   She says his absence may also change the dynamics because he personally was the biggest pusher for the project.   

The John Pombe Magufuli I knew – Raila Odinga

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Tribute to the Late President of Tanzania John Pombe Magufuli

When rumours started going around about the health and whereabouts of my friend President John Pombe Magufuli, I placed several calls to him. Later, I sent him a text message. Both went unanswered.

I then resigned to expect the worst while hoping I was wrong.When his death was confirmed as I was self- isolating after testing positive for Covid-19, I felt the full weight of double tragedy and emotions dealt by the cruel hand of fate. It was the worst time to lose a friend and a comrade.

Magufuli Was A Dedicated Servant of Tanzania- Museveni

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President Yoweri Museveni has paid tribute to the former Tanzanian President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli describing him as a dedicated servant of Tanzania, East Africa and the entire continent.

Magufuli, 61, died on Wednesday at a hospital in Dar es Salaam. His death was announced by the then Vice President Samia Suhulu. Today, President Museveni visited the Tanzanian High Commission to pay tribute to Magufuli where he signed a condolence book. 

He said that it is unfortunate that he is mourning Magufuli on the day he was supposed to be in the country to sign key agreements for commercialization of the proposed East African Crude Oil Pipeline between Uganda, Tanzania, and Total SE, the parent company of Total E &P.