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Tanzania’s High Court Upholds Minimum Marriage Age of 18

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Tanzania’s highest court has upheld a landmark 2016 ruling that raised the minimum age of marriage to 18.

The Supreme Court of Appeals’ decision, announced Wednesday, was greeted by child welfare and women’s advocates as a win.

“This was a victory not only for girl children but also for Tanzanians in general,” said Ann Sangai of the Tanzania Gender Networking Program (TGNP), which advocates for girls and women’s rights.

President Magufuli tells Museveni to speed up oil pipeline project

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 The President of Tanzania, John Pombe Magufuli has told President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to forego short term gains in terms of taxing oil companies and focus on longer term benefit.

Magufuli, who was hosting Museveni at the Tanzania-Uganda business forum in Dar-es-salaam on Friday, said tax issues were delaying the oil pipeline project.

“We are late. We are still sleepy,” said Magufuli. He made it cleat that Uganda should sacrifice some of the short term gains for the long term and the Uganda Revenue Authority officials should not delay. “Actually we wanted the pipeline to be named Kaguta pipeline when it opens,” Magufuli said, drawing laughter.

Death toll in Tanzania fuel tanker explosion reaches 60 , 70 injured

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At least 60 people were killed in Tanzania and more than 70 others were injured when a crashed road tanker laden with gasoline exploded as a crowd scooped up the fuel, the country’s presidency said.

Magufuli orders Tanzanian prisons to reduce overcrowding

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Tanzanian President John Magufuli ordered prison authorities Thursday to reduce crowding in the country’s jails, saying there were too many people awaiting trial indefinitely who should not be incarcerated.

Magufuli, who came to power in 2015 as a corruption-fighting “man of the people” but has been criticised for his authoritarian leadership style, gave the order after touring an overcrowded prison this week.

Tanzanian man confesses to killing, burning his wife

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Tanzanian police are holding a man after he confessed to killing his wife and burning her body to ashes.

The man said he committed the heinous crime at his home in Kigamboni in May.

The woman was reported missing by her siblings on May 15, officials say and efforts to trace bore no fruit.

26 slaughtered by Al Shabab in Kismayo hotel attack

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Car bomb and all-night hotel siege kill 26 in Somalia’s Kismayo
Kenyans, Americans, a Briton and Tanzanians were among 26 people killed when Islamist gunmen stormed a hotel in the Somali port city of Kismayo, officials said on Saturday, the deadliest attack in the city since insurgents were driven out in 2012.

A car bomb exploded at the hotel in the southern port city while local elders and lawmakers were meeting on Friday night, before three gunmen stormed in, police said. Security forces took 11 hours to end the siege, they said.

Police arrests a police detective and UPDF solider for kidnapping a Tanzanian national

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Kalisizo police are holding a Uganda People’s Defense Forces soldier and police detective for allegedly kidnapping a Tanzanian national.

Detective Corporal, Edison Ntibankundiye, who is attached to CPS Kampala and L/Corporal, John Beyeza who is attached to Arua Battalion 5 and Victor Nkundamukama are wanted for kidnapping Idd Sserugo, a Tanzanian trader based in Nakalinzi village in Mutukula Sub County in Kyotera district. 

URA bans informal trade at Tanzania -Uganda border

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Uganda Revenue Authority-URA has banned all forms of informal cross-border trade at the Uganda-Tanzania border point of Mutukula.

A number of people operating as informal traders have been bringing in small quantities of goods each time they cross from Tanzania through Mutukula border without going through the customs clearing points to pay import duty.

Eas Africa countries asked to embrace joint military trainings

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Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) chief of training, Maj. Gen. Willis Byarugaba, has tasked East African member states to pursue joint military trainings which he says will create a united front on combating terrorism and peace building within the region.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony of 64 officers who underwent a four months’ instructors’ course of intake 30/2019, at junior command and Staff College in Jinja district on Saturday, Byarugaba argues that, joint trainings contribute to brotherhood within the forces that will selflessly lookout for their neighbours when cases of insecurity arise.

Man arrested after selling daughter for body parts

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Dar es Salaam

A Tanzanian man has been arrested for selling his six-year-old daughter to be killed so that her body parts could be used in a potion to make him rich, police said Saturday.

A police statement said that the child, Rose Japhet, was killed last week and her body found in Mbeya, a region that has been hit by a spate of ritual killings of children.

East Africa military spending tops $2.9b, new hardware displayed

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East Africa’s military spending rose by $200 million last year to $2.9 billion, as countries sought to modernise their hardware.

According to data released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri), an independent global security think tank, Kenya leads in the ballooning of military budgets, adding $80 million to its expenditure.

Tanzania President Magufuli pardons over 3,500 inmates

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Tanzania’s President John Magufuli on Friday pardoned 3,540 inmates as the country commemorated the 55th anniversary of the Union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar.

“It is the government’s expectations that they [convicts] will rejoin and cooperate with members of the society in nation building…we also expect them to avoid committing offences that will take them back to prison,” reads as statement from the presidency.

Tanzania deport Ugandan human rights activist

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Whisper Eye understands that Tanzanian authorities have finally deported Ugandan human rights activist.
The Executive Director, of the Uganda-based Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) Dr Wairagala Wakabi was deported on the evening of Thursday after he was detained at Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salam.

Why do Lawyers wear black & white uniform ? – Pamba Egan

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Every profession has a certain dress code, and the people belong to a particular profession are recognized by their attire. Such as Doctors are recognized by their white aprons, engineers by their helmets and so on. In this way, lawyers are identified by their black and white attire. Though the color of lawyer’s attire is the same lawyers have a dress code that differs from country to country.

It is considered that lawyers have one of the most elegant dress code compared to other professions. Lawyers are considered as one of the best-dressed professionals. Whereas in some countries like Canada the uniform for lawyers is a red and white dress.

Tanzania rights crackdown a threat to peace – rights groups

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Tanzanian civil society groups have called on the government and security forces to protect fundamental human rights, in a rare outspoken criticism of the rule of President John Magufuli.

The coalition, the Civil Society Organisations Directors Forum, made up of 65 influential rights groups from across the East African nation, said they had watched with alarm the deterioration of rights over the past two years.

More than 500 Banunu killed in attacks by rival ethnic group in DR Congo: U.N. investigation

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More than 500 men, women and children from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Banunu community were killed in attacks by Batende villagers in December, some beheaded and many slain as they tried to flee across a river, U.N. investigators said on Tuesday.

The victims included a two-year-old baby thrown into a septic tank. Others were burnt alive, the investigators said.