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‘Don’t use birth control,’ Tanzania’s President tells women in the country

‘Don’t use birth control,’ Tanzania’s President tells women in the country

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has told women in the East African nation to stop taking birth control pills because the country needs more people, according to local media reports. “Women can now give up contraceptive methods,” Magufuli said. “Those going for family planning are lazy … they are afraid they will not be able to […]

Air Tanzania Company Limited Resumes Flight to Entebbe, Bujumbura

Air Tanzania Company Limited Resumes Flight to Entebbe, Bujumbura

AIR Tanzania is expected to resume passenger flights to Entebbe-Uganda and Bujumbura- Burundi routes on Sunday and Tuesday next week, respectively. The Company’s Chief Executive Officer Mr Ladislaus Matindi said in a statement issued in Dar es Salaam yesterday that ATCL will be providing four frequencies per week to Entebbe namely on Monday, Wednesday, Friday […]

In Tanzania visit, UNHCR official stresses freedom of choice is crucial for refugee returns

In Tanzania visit, UNHCR official stresses freedom of choice is crucial for refugee returns

Refugees should never be pressured to decide if they should return to their home countries, a senior UN official has said. Volker Türk, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection with the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, on Thursday completed a four-day visit to Tanzania, which is hosting more than 340,000 refugees and asylum-seekers. “Refugees need to have […]

University of Nairobi Ranked Top in Research Publications

University of Nairobi Ranked Top in Research Publications

The University of Nairobi (UoN) has emerged as Kenya’s higher learning institution that has heavily invested in research, a study by CPS Research International indicates. The study, which was released Tuesday, indicates that UoN leads in the volume of publications, citations and referrals at 39.7 percent, followed by Kenyatta University, Moi University and Jomo Kenyatta […]

The Tentative but Rising Resistance to Magufuli’s Repression

The Tentative but Rising Resistance to Magufuli’s Repression

President Magufuli has clamped down hard on various freedoms. But as his popularity plummets and defiance grows, something may have to give. From the moment the relatively unknown Minister of Works John Pombe Magufuli became Tanzania’s president in 2015, he has stamped his mark on the country. In an initial whirlwind of activity, he fired […]

Portugal’s lingering influence in Zanzibar

Portugal’s lingering influence in Zanzibar

Pemba, part of the Tanzanian archipelago of Zanzibar, recently held a week-long festival that revealed cultural influences dating back to the 16th Century when Portugal colonised the Spice Islands, writes Catherine Tilke. One of the highlights of the Pemba Bonanza Festival is “the kirumbizi”, a dance-cum-martial art, which has its origins in guerrilla training against […]

Could Oil Overtake Agriculture as East Africa’s Economic Giant?

Could Oil Overtake Agriculture as East Africa’s Economic Giant?

Holger A. Kray is the lead agricultural economist for Africa in the World Bank’s Agriculture Global Practice and head of the Africa Agricultural Policy Unit, which carries out and oversees economic and other policy work related to agriculture in the region. The World Bank economist was in Uganda and spoke to Charles Mpagi on the […]

Hanergy kick-starts its CSR Project, ‘Lighting Africa’ in Tanzania

Hanergy kick-starts its CSR Project, ‘Lighting Africa’ in Tanzania

Hanergy Thin-Film Power Group (www.Hanergy.com), a pioneering multinational clean energy company, launched the “Lighting Africa” project at its first stop Tanzania on July 18th together with China Foundation for Peace and Development and Tanzania-China Friendship Association by promising to donate the first 100 Humbrellas this October. “Lighting Africa” is a philanthropic project initiated by Hanergy […]

Former Miss Tanzania Wema Sepetu Guilty on Drugs Charge

Former Miss Tanzania Wema Sepetu Guilty on Drugs Charge

A court in Dar es Salaam on Friday has sentenced actress Wema Sepetu to a year in prison after finding her guilty of possession of drugs. Ms Sepetu was also found guilty of use of illegal drugs. The court however set free her co-accused Ms Angelina Msigwa and Matrida Abas. The magistrate gave Ms Sepetu […]

The African Airlines That’ll Win Are Those That Aren’t Too Posh

The African Airlines That’ll Win Are Those That Aren’t Too Posh

Recent years have been brutal for African airlines but, in spite of that, there is a new rush to resurrect dead national carriers (in Uganda) or to put bedridden ones in the air again (in Tanzania). However, Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s biggest and currently most successful airline, is kind of going in the opposite direction. A […]

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