Tanzanian opposition leader Tundu Lissu left the German embassy in Dar es Salaam for Brussels with the help of Western diplomats. He told the media that he is being threatened following his move to challenge President John Pombe Magufuli in the country’s recently concluded presidential elections.
As the date for Tanzania’s sixth general election nears, human rights organization Amnesty International has raised a red flag that the government has resorted to “a raft of laws” designed “to silence journalists, NGOs, human rights defenders and members of the political opposition, among others.”
Tanzanian President John Magufuli, who is seeking the consent of Tanzanians to lead them again for a second term, has so far held campaign rallies in seven regions since the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) launched its campaign on August 29. He is said to have received a great reception from various groups of people.
The humanitarian organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has condemned Tanzanian authorities’ increased repression of the nation’s opposition, the media, and non-governmental organizations ahead of the country’s general elections, scheduled for October 28th.
Tanzanian President, Dr. John Magufuli, said the country will continue its good relations with the United States and Vietnam. A press release issued by the Directorate of Communications at the State House, Dar es Salaam, yesterday said President Dr. Magufuli received the credentials of two ambassadors appointed to represent their countries in Tanzania.
Benjamin Mkapa, who ruled Tanzania as President between 1995 and 2005, has died at the age of 81. Mkapa died in a hospital in the country’s largest city, Dar es Salaam. His death was announced today by Tanzania’s President, John Pombe Magufuli. Mkapa had been treated for an undisclosed illness.
Human rights organization Amnesty International has called on Tanzania to drop charges against prominent comedian Idris Sultan. Idris Sultan is expected to appear in court tomorrow, responding to a pair of charges. Idris Sultan was arrested in May after a video showed him laughing at a picture of Tanzanian president John Magufuli.
Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has said that Tanzania has 66 coronavirus patients in the country, this being the latest data released on the disease since it stopped reporting its data on April 29. The Prime Minister said that 66 patients were admitted in 10 regions, and that 16 other regions had not reported any patient to date.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli has announced that the country is coronavirus free, thanks to God’s intervention. Speaking at a church service in Dodoma a few days ago, he lauded the congregation for not wearing face masks. He described it as an indicator of progress in the fight against the scourge.
Tanzania’s opposition leader Freeman Mbowe has been hospitalized following an attack by unknown assailants. Mbowe is the national chairman of Tanzania’s main opposition party, Chadema, and the leader of the parliamentary opposition. The politician is currently undergoing treatment at a local hospital, as confirmed on Tuesday by the nation’s police authorities and his party.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli has declared that the fight against coronavirus has been won, and the country should return back to normalcy if the number of infectious continues to remain low. The president has prevented the closure of places of worship during the epidemic and claimed that the virus cannot survive in the church.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli has announced plans to reopen the economy soon. Going by his statement, all sporting activities will soon be allowed to resume. In his view, sports are essential because they provide entertainment. He has also said that relevant ministries have been directed not to quarantine tourists arriving into the nation.
Tanzania’s football league is preparing to resume play despite the presence of the coronavirus in the country. The TFF and the league board, TPLB, have issued a statement to the media indicating they have started preparing for the league’s matches, following the action of President John Pombe Magufuli to propose the league’s move.
Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli has said that the imported coronavirus test kits are faulty. According to the president, test samples from a goat, a pawpaw, and a jackfruit have apparently returned positive results. As such, some of those who’ve tested positive may not have been infected.
Tanzania’s main opposition leader, Freeman Aikaeli Mbowe, has accused the government of trying to cover up the severity of the coronavirus epidemic in the country, and failing to take it seriously. The nation is among the few in Africa that have declined to impose stringent precautionary measures to curb the spread of the virus.
Tanzania’s delay in taking drastic measures to curb the spread of coronavirus infections could have led to a the spike in positive cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. The WHO’s Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, says there have been fears about the rapid spread of infection in the East African nation.