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Tanzania Set 30-Year Jail Term for Those Impregnating Pupils, Students

Tanzania Set 30-Year Jail Term for Those Impregnating Pupils, Students

Dodoma — Persons who will marry or impregnate primary and secondary school pupils and students should expect no mercy from magistrates as the government fills all the loopholes for lighter penalties. The Parliament yesterday endorsed the Written Laws Miscellaneous Act (No. 2) Bill, 2016 to, among other issues, impose a jail sentence of 30 years […]

Tanzania: Female Genital Cut ‘Escalates In Tanga’

Tanzania: Female Genital Cut ‘Escalates In Tanga’

 About 60 per cent of women, who attended health facilities for delivery service in Tanga city, were found to have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). According to the coordinator of mother and child health care coordinator for Tanga city, Ms Esther Kimweli, the data was taken from various private and public health centres in the […]

Huge Helium Gas Find In East Africa Averts Medical Shortage

Huge Helium Gas Find In East Africa Averts Medical Shortage

The discovery of a vast reserve of helium in east Africa has allayed fears of a global shortage of the precious gas crucial for the running of brain scanners, major scientific facilities, and parties that require floating balloons and squeaky voices. According to independent analysts, the natural store of helium found in the Rift valley […]

State Won’t Reverse Stand Against Gay Marriage

State Won’t Reverse Stand Against Gay Marriage

The government will stand firm on its decision against gay marriage in the country and all other acts which are against the constitution and traditions. The Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Constitutional Affairs and Justice, Mr Amon Mpanju, made the remarks in Dar es Salaam yesterday at the Second Universal Periodic Review Recommendations- […]

How A Land Title Became One Woman’s Ticket To Freedom

How A Land Title Became One Woman’s Ticket To Freedom

Mkuranga — “I was a laughing stock when I was applying for a bank loan, but those who were laughing at me now come for advice” When Hawa Amiri decided to use her land title to ask for a bank loan to start a poultry business, her fellow farmers thought she was wasting her time. […]

Tanzania Starts to Build Its Own Helicopters

Tanzania Starts to Build Its Own Helicopters

Tanzania has started to build its own helicopters in a project that will see the first batch of such choppers taking into the sky sometimes in 2018. Already, the prototype model, a two-seater aircraft is in its final stages of completion at the Mechanical and Engineering Department of the Arusha Technical College, which runs a fully-fledged […]

Tanzania: Kudos Deputy Speaker For Serving ‘The People’ Well

Tanzania: Kudos Deputy Speaker For Serving ‘The People’ Well

Debate on the performance of Dr Tulia Ackson Mwansasu, the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, has, since the inception of the Budget Sitting in Dodoma, gone viral. While some political observers and commentators say she is worth her salt, others argue, saying she is a chip of the old block. The holier-than-thou, mostly those […]

Tanzania: Zanzibar Opposition Leader In Washington To Explain Political Situation

Tanzania: Zanzibar Opposition Leader In Washington To Explain Political Situation

The leader of Zanzibar’s opposition Civic United Front (CUF) party said strong opposition political parties and a truly independent electoral commissions are needed to be able to defeat incumbent presidents. Seif Shariff Hamad also says Africans must ensure that the army and all other security forces are kept out of politics because too often they […]

Tanzania: UK at Crossroads Over Aid to Dar es Salaam

Tanzania: UK at Crossroads Over Aid to Dar es Salaam

The UK government was under pressure on Saturday to review aid worth £200 million (about Sh 433.6 billion) to Tanzania in protest of the manner in which the Zanzibar election was conducted. A former Cabinet minister in the British government warned against “spraying money around” simply to ensure that Britain kept the United Nations target […]

ANALYSIS: Zanzibar Votes Again, but What Next?

ANALYSIS: Zanzibar Votes Again, but What Next?

The results from Zanzibar’s election re-run on 20 March are a foregone conclusion. But what happens next is not. Here are 5 possibilities. In the aftermath of Tanzania’s October 2015 elections, the respective fates of the mainland and the semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar could not have been more different. Dr John Magufuli secured a clear […]