Condemnation as coughing Tanzanian minister gives news conference

Days after President John Mafuguli finally admitted Tanzania has a coronavirus problem, after months of apparent denial and increasing warnings of a resurgence in infections, the sight of the country’s finance minister coughing and gasping during a news conference to defend the state of his health has left many in shock. Finance Minister Philip Mpango, […]

Tanzania’s president admits country has COVID-19 problem

President John Magufuli’s comments come following WHO warning over the country’s ‘very concerning’ coronavirus situation. The president of Tanzania has urged its citizens to take preventive measures against the coronavirus after downplaying the disease for months and claiming it had been defeated by prayers. Speaking during a Sunday church mass in the capital Dodoma, President […]

After deaths, WHO urges Tanzania to share COVID data, take action

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus appeals to authorities to take measures against the pandemic and to prepare for vaccinations. The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged Tanzania’s authorities to take “robust action” against the coronavirus pandemic amid increasing warnings that the country is witnessing a deadly resurgence in infections. President John Magufuli has […]

Zanzibar Vice President Seif Sharif Hamad dies

Seif Sharif Hamad, 77, had been undergoing treatment for COVID-19 in a Dar-es-Salaam hospital when he died. Zanzibar’s 77-year-old First Vice President Seif Sharif Hamad, who had been undergoing treatment for COVID-19 in hospital, has died. “Hamad died this morning at Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar-es-Salaam where he was hospitalised,” Husein Mwinyi, president of the […]

Tanzania president raises doubts over COVID vaccines

President John Magufuli claims, without evidence, that vaccines against COVID-19 are ‘dangerous’. Tanzanian President John Magufuli has claimed that vaccinations against COVID-19 are dangerous and instead urged Tanzanians to protect themselves from the deadly disease by using domestic measures including steam inhalation. Magufuli has long downplayed the seriousness of COVID-19, which has killed more than […]

What next for Tanzania’s opposition after election wipeout?

It has been more than a month since a widely disputed presidential election in Tanzania that incumbent John Magufuli won in a landslide, and the country’s opposition parties are still reeling from the wipeout. Along with Magufuli’s re-election, the massive victory secured by the governing Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) in the legislative polls also held […]

Tanzania: Magufuli’s growing authoritarianism is not an exception

The recent re-election of John Magufuli, president of Tanzania, by a landslide, whether achieved by fair or foul means, has increased fears about the re-emergence or perhaps consolidation of authoritarianism in Africa. Although some have praised Magufuli’s leadership in the past five years, others have condemned it, especially its human rights track record and crackdown […]

Burundi refugees forcibly disappeared, tortured in Tanzania: HRW

At least 18 Burundian refugees and asylum seekers have been forcibly disappeared from refugee camps in Tanzania over the past year, according to a new report by the Human Rights Watch (HRW). Many were tortured at a police station in Kibondo, Tanzania, the report says. Seven remain missing, while three were released after several weeks. […]

Mozambique, Tanzania join forces to tackle Cabo Delgado violence #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Neighbouring countries to launch joint operations in battle against ISIL-linked fighters in border region. Mozambique and Tanzania have signed a memorandum of understanding to join efforts in the battle against an escalating armed campaign by ISIL-linked fighters in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique’s northernmost province. The agreement, sealed by the two countries’ police forces during the weekend, […]

Tanzania police arrest opposition party leader ahead of protests #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Freeman Mbowe was detained with three other opposition figures ahead of calls for mass demonstrations after controversial election. Tanzanian police arrested the leader of the main opposition party Chadema, according to Tundu Lissu, the party’s candidate in last week’s disputed presidential election. The opposition has demanded a repeat vote citing widespread irregularities and called for […]

Magufuli wins re-election in Tanzania; opposition cries foul #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

President Magufuli received more than 12 million votes while top opposition figure had only two million amid vote-fraud allegations. Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has won the presidential election, the National Electoral Commission said late on Friday, a contest dismissed by the opposition as a “travesty” because of widespread irregularities. Magufuli received 12.5 million votes in […]

Tanzania’s incumbent president poised to be declared winner #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Populist President John Magufuli has 83 percent of votes with 60 percent of ballots counted, says Tanzania’s electoral commission. Tanzania’s incumbent president is poised to be declared the overwhelming winner of Wednesday’s election despite widespread allegations of fraud, while the governing party appears to have secured the two-thirds majority in parliament required to change the […]