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Tanzania holds state funeral for former president Mkapa

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania | XINHUA | Thousands of Tanzanians gathered on Tuesday to say a final goodbye to the country’s third president Benjamin Mkapa at a state funeral in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam. In a national address for the funeral, Tanzanian President John Magufuli said Mkapa’s death …

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World Bank categorizes Tanzania as middle income country

Kampala, Uganda | XINHUA | The World Bank has categorized Tanzania as a lower-middle income country after the country made economic reforms, including making consistent plans and taking hard decisions aimed at improving its economic development, a senior official said on Thursday. “Discipline in financial expenditure and the prevailing peace …

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Tanzania’s Magufuli dissolves parliament ahead of elections

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania | AFP | Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Tuesday dissolved parliament to allow for elections in October, pledging a “free and fair” vote in a country where the opposition has decried a climate of fear and violence. Magufuli, who took office in 2015 promising a crackdown on corruption but whose strongman …

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Tanzania to reopen universities as virus silence persists

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania | AFP | Tanzanian President John Magufuli said Thursday that universities and sports events would resume next month, after declaring that prayer had spared the country the worst of the coronavirus, even as critics say cases are soaring. Magufuli has repeatedly played down the gravity of the …

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Two weeks, no update: Tanzania opposition demands truth on virus

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania | AFP | Tanzania’s opposition on Wednesday demanded the truth about the country’s coronavirus infections two weeks after the last update, as the US embassy raised the alarm over “overwhelmed hospitals”. The government stopped giving daily updates after President John Magufuli complained last month they were causing panic, and went on …

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Tanzania president moves to ease fears over election

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania | AFP | Tanzanian President John Magufuli has promised this year’s general election will be “free and fair” and invited international monitors to observe proceedings amid concerns of a democratic crackdown in the East African nation. Magufuli’s long-ruling CCM party won 99 percent of seats in local …

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Tanzania lays to rest dozens killed in fuel tanker blast

Morogoro, Tanzania | AFP | Tanzania on Sunday laid to rest most of the 71 people who died while trying to collect leaking petrol from an overturned fuel tanker that exploded. The deadly blast, which took place Saturday near the town of Morogoro, west of the economic capital Dar es Salaam, …

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