DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania's government is facing international criticism over its suspension of a widely read local newspaper that reported on the depreciation of the country's...
WWF says Tanzania dam project could hurt key wetland
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A conservation group says Tanzania's agreement with Egyptian companies to build a huge hydroelectric dam in the Selous Game Reserve risks damage to an important wetland and could hurt the livelihoods of over 200,000 people who live downstream.
The WWF group criticized the project after Tanzania on Wednesday signed a $3 billion deal to construct the Stiegler's Gorge dam in the Selous wildlife area, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Tanzania agrees to construct $3 billion dam in wildlife park
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania on Wednesday signed a $3 billion agreement with two Egyptian companies to construct a huge hydroelectric plant in a game reserve that is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
President John Magufuli witnessed the signing of the agreement with Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly. The companies involved are Arab Contractors and el-Sewedy Electric, an engineering services company.
World Bank cites ‘deep concern’ over Tanzania statistics law
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — The World Bank says it's "deeply concerned" by new legislation in Tanzania that criminalizes the collection and dissemination of information contradicting official statistics.
Lawmakers last month passed amendments to the 2015 Statistics Act despite opposition from critics who say it will undermine the free flow of information and deter the work of non-governmental groups and others.
Tanzania leader orders arrests as ferry death toll over 130
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Hundreds of solemn people watched Friday as body after body was pulled from a capsized ferry that Tanzanian authorities said was badly overcrowded and upended in the final stretch before reaching shore. The death toll was above 130 but horrified witnesses feared that would rise as a second day of searching neared an end.
Tanzanian opposition leader is charged with rebellion
DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania has charged the leader of a major opposition party and five party members with inciting hatred and rebellion against the government.
The case comes as critics accuse President John Magufuli of being intolerant of dissent in the East African nation.
A statement by the court in Dar es Salaam says Freeman Mbowe and the other Chadema party members have been denied bail.
DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) — A police official in Tanzania says a truck and a minibus collided, killing at least 26 people and injuring nine others.
The country's traffic police commander, Fortunatus Musilimu, says the dead in Saturday night's accident in the southern town of Mkuranga included 12 women and seven children.
There was no immediate word on the cause of the crash.
Tanzanian police accused of failure in conservationist death
DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania's natural resources minister accuses police of "dilly-dallying" and failing to arrest key suspects in last year's killing of a prominent South African wildlife conservationist, Wayne Lotter.
Hamisi Kigwangalla claimed Thursday that police had the information "but had failed to take action" against those who planned the killing. He threatens to take the matter to President John Magufuli.
15 UN peacekeepers killed, over 50 hurt in Congo attack
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — In the deadliest single attack on a United Nations peacekeeping mission in nearly 25 years, rebels in eastern Congo killed 15 peacekeepers and wounded over 50 others in an assault on their base that was launched at nightfall and went on for hours.
The Latest: Tanzania president in shock over UN Congo attack
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Latest on deadly attack on U.N. peacekeepers in Congo (all times local):
Tanzania's president is expressing shock over the killing of 14 Tanzanian peacekeepers in the deadliest single attack on a U.N. peacekeeping mission in recent memory.
President John Magufuli is urging the East African nation to remain calm on the eve of its independence day on Saturday.
Tanzania urges UN to repatriate over 8,000 Burundi refugees
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania's government is urging the United Nations refugee agency to quickly repatriate thousands of Burundian refugees who it says want to return home.
Home Affairs Minister Mwigulu Nchemba said Friday that over 8,000 refugees are "pushing to be returned" after they registered for voluntary repatriation.
UNHCR in Tanzania did not respond to a request for comment.
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — A prominent opposition figure in Tanzania has been charged with using abusive language after he called the president a dictator.
Tundu Lissu of the Chadema party had been in police custody since Thursday. A magistrate's court in Dar es Salaam denied him bail Monday and remanded him to jail.
It is not immediately clear what sentence the charge carries.
DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzanian authorities said Friday they are holding an opposition figure who is accused of calling President John Magufuli a dictator.
Tundu Lissu of the opposition Chadema party was arrested Thursday at the airport in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, before he could board a plane for Rwanda, said Lucas Mkondya, the acting Dar es Salaam Special Police Zone commander.
Lissu is being questioned over making anti-government speeches that could lead to unrest, Mkondya said.
DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) — Burundi's president is urging the nearly quarter-million Burundians sheltering in Tanzania to return home, saying the country is now peaceful.
President Pierre Nkurunziza is visiting neighboring Tanzania on his first visit outside Burundi since a failed coup attempt in 2015.
DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) — Rights groups are urging Tanzania's government to "end its hostile rhetoric toward civil society groups and threats to obstruct their work."
Twenty-five local and international groups, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, said in a statement Thursday that they are concerned by comments targeting groups helping pregnant girls finish their education and those supporting LGBT people.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United Nations has called it one of Africa's biggest remaining wilderness areas. Now a dispute over a planned hydropower dam in Tanzania's Selous wildlife reserve pits the country's president against conservationists who say the project could cause irreparable damage to the UNESCO World Heritage site.
DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) — At least 35 people were killed, most of them young children, after a bus carrying students lost control and crashed in northern Tanzania, police said Saturday.
The bus had been carrying the students from a primary school in Arusha for an examination, Arusha Region Police Commander Charles Mkumbo said. It skidded off the road near the Mlera river in Meatu district and plunged into a gully.
Tanzania leader fires nearly 10,000 over fake documents
DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday fired nearly 10,000 civil servants accused of having falsified academic qualifications to get their jobs.
The civil servants have been given 15 days to leave their jobs or risk jail terms of up to seven years.
Speaking in the capital, Dodoma, Magufuli described the 9,932 officials as "robbers and shoplifters" and ordered them to "immediately disappear from their work stations."
8 police officers killed by unknown gunmen in Tanzania
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Officials say eight Tanzanian police officers have been ambushed and killed while returning from patrol outside the commercial hub of Dar es Salaam.
The attack happened Thursday night in an area called Jaribu.
Police chief Ernest Mangu said Friday the identities of the assailants are unknown.
Tanzania TV suspends staffers over fake news about Trump
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania's state broadcaster has suspended nine staffers for a fake news story saying U.S. President Donald Trump had congratulated President John Magufuli for being a good African leader.
Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation's main channel aired the story Friday.
A statement by the broadcaster's chief, Ayub Rioba Chacha, says that "such irregularities would have not happened" if professional procedures had been followed.
Turkey’s Erdogan urges Tanzania to end Gulen ties
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday talked about trade and security on the first stop of an African tour, urging Tanzania's leader to shut institutions linked to a Muslim cleric who is accused by Turkey of leading a failed coup.
Co-founder of Tanzania whistleblowing website arrested
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzanian police have searched the home and office of the co-founder of a whistleblowing website after he was arrested for not disclosing the identities of people who posted there.
Officers escorted JamiiForums co-founder Maxence Melo to his home and office Wednesday before returning him to the central police station. He was detained on Tuesday.
Official: Death toll in Tanzania earthquake rises to 17
DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) — The number of people killed following a rare earthquake in the Lake Victoria region over the weekend has risen to 17, a Tanzanian official said Tuesday.
The 5.7-magnitude earthquake also left 252 people injured and 840 families homeless, George Simbachawene, the minister of state in the office of the president, told the National Assembly.