The temperature of the general election has risen sharply in Tanzania, with major political parties closing in on candidates for various positions, including the presidency and the legislature. Starting yesterday, the leaders of two opposition parties started internal meetings.
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.
Kenyan Transport Minister James Macharia has denied any diplomatic dispute with Tanzania. He was responding to a statement from the African Union that Tanzania will not allow Kenya Airways flights to travel from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, and Zanzibar from August 1.
Hours before the start of international flights, the Kenyan government announced a new guideline on the move. Speaking in Nairobi while briefing on the transmission of the COVID-19 epidemic in Kenya, Transport Minister James Macharia said Kenyan airspace would not be open to everyone.
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.
It is now official that former Tanzanian Foreign Minister, Bernard Membe, has joined the opposition ACT-Wazalendo party. His new membership in ACT-Wazalendo was announced today by the party’s leader, Zitto Kabwe, at a press conference with other stakeholders from around the world held on Zoom social network.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli has been officially approved as the presidential candidate for the ruling Party of the Revolution (CCM) in the general elections expected to be held in October this year. The move was reached on Saturday at the CCM’s General Assembly in Dodoma.
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.
The US Embassy in Tanzania has issued a declaration of concern over the government of Tanzania’s steps to crush democracy. The actions, according to the statement issued on Thursday, included arresting opposition party leaders in their internal meetings and revoking an opposition newspaper’s media license.
Police in the Mbeya region are holding four suspects, including police officers, on suspicion of killing a driver, Erasto Mwalwego (29), a resident of Nzovwe, in a shootout. Among the suspects is a police officer, John Kaijage (34), an Isyesye resident, according to Mbeya Regional Police Commander, Ulrich Matei.
Ado Shaibu, General Secretary of the Alliance for Change and Transparency (ACT), has confirmed the arrest of opposition leader Zitto Kabwe in southern Tanzania. Kabwe was on a three-day tour of southern Tanzania, visiting various constituencies and welcoming councilors who want to join his party.
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.
Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein is set to complete his ten-year tenure as President of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, an island nation with local authority in Tanzania. For that scenario, in the October general election this year, the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party needs to have a new presidential candidate.
Tanzania, Kenya, and Rwanda, which are members of the East African Community, have united to mourn the Burundian President, Pierre Nkurunziza, who died suddenly on Tuesday this week. Tanzanian President John Magufuli has announced three days of mourning from Saturday to Monday, with all flags at half mast.
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.
Tanzania has summoned US Ambassador Inmi Patterson in response to the recent travel advisory published by the embassy warning visitors about the high rate of coronavirus infection cases in the country. According to The Tanzanian Foreign Ministry, the information provided by the US embassy was false.
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.
Zanzibar has received a diagnostic testing machine for Coronavirus, according to President Ali Shein’s directive to the Ministry of Health to make access to the testing machine within three months. The other two machines are expected to be received at any time, and will be received on the islands in Unguja and Pemba.
Two Tanzanian citizens have been banned from entering Kenya on the Isibania border after being found infected with the coronavirus, according to the country’s health ministry. The government would also visit the Namanga border to determine what strategies would be put in place to prevent transmission from Tanzania.
The Zambian government has ordered the closure of its border with Tanzania due to fears of the spread of the coronavirus, starting Monday. The move comes after the nation reported 76 coronavirus patients in a city located between its border with Tanzania. So far, the nation has confirmed 367 patients of coronavirus in the country.
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.
The number of Coronavirus patients in Tanzania today has reached 284, the country’s Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa, has announced. By Monday, Tanzania had confirmed 254 patients. While addressing a national worship service in Dar es Salaam today, Majaliwa announced that 30 more patients had been diagnosed in the country.
Last Sunday, Tanzanian President John Magufuli declared three days of national prayer to prevent the spread of coronavirus. He ordered that churches remain open from April 17 to 19 to facilitate the prayer sessions. The move was criticized by the country’s opposition leaders and a section of medical practitioners.
The Ministry of Health in Uganda has confirmed that it is in the process of searching for a Tanzanian citizen who was infected with the coronavirus with the intention of returning him home. The 34-year-old truck driver from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, arrived at Mutukula border station on April 16, 2020. According to a statement issued by the Uganda Ministry of Health, the man did not show any signs of COVID-19.
Tanzania has confirmed 53 new cases of COVID-19 today, increasing the number of people infected by the disease to 147 people. In a statement sent to the media, Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu said that all patients are citizens of Tanzania. She said there were 38 people from Dar es Salaam region, 10 from Zanzibar, and one from Kilimanjaro, Mwanza, Kagera, and the Coast.
Six more patients have tested positive for coronavirus in Zanzibar, bringing the number of cases in the semi-autonomous region of Tanzania to 24. The island’s Health Minister, Hamad Rashid Mohamed, has said that all patients are Tanzanian citizens and have no travel history.
Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said the closure of pre-school, primary, secondary and tertiary education for all middle and higher education will continue until the government releases another statement. He said President John Magufuli had canceled the celebrations of the Tanganyika and Zanzibar Union, which are scheduled to take place on April 26, 2020, and workers’ holidays to avoid congestion and continue to prevent coronavirus from spreading further.
Health authorities in Tanzania have announced 17 new cases of coronavirus in the country. Tanzania’s Health Minister, Ummy Mwalimu, has announced 14 new infections on the mainland, while Zanzibar Health Minister Hamad Rashid announces three new infections on the island.
Tanzania has confirmed two more deaths from coronavirus on Friday. According to a Ministry of Health statement, both were men and citizens of Tanzania. One was a 51-year-old resident of Dar es Salaam, the other was 57. The Ministry of Health has also confirmed the presence of five new coronavirus patients.
Tanzania’s Ministry of Health announced a new case of coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the number of patients in the country to 20. According to a statement by Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu, the patient is a 42-year-old American citizen. The new patient was close to someone who had traveled abroad, Mwalimu says, and was later diagnosed with the virus after returning to Tanzania.
Jacques Joaquim Yhombi-Opango, former president of the Republic of the Congo, died on Monday afternoon due to coronavirus, his family said. He was 81 and died in a Paris hospital. The former head of state’s family confirmed that his health had deteriorated in recent months, forcing him to live far from his country, particularly in France.
Tanzania’s Ministry of health has announced five new coronavirus patients Monday, bringing the number of cases in the country to 19. According to a statement by Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu, the five new patients are all citizens of Tanzania. Two patients are from Zanzibar and three from Dar es Salaam.
Families affected by lockdown legislation in Rwanda have begun receiving food assistance from the government. The number of cases of coronavirus infections has reached 60 people, while hundreds of others continue to be screened after encountering previous cases. On Saturday alone, Rwanda announced six new coronavirus cases.
Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli has announced that the country has 12 patients suffering from disease caused by the coronavirus. Eight of these patients are Tanzanian citizens and four are foreign nationals. Addressing the nation, President Magufuli said, “we are so busy in Tanzania as if there is no disease that kills people.”
The Council of Ministers of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has passed resolutions including an annual budget of US $94.9 million for 2020/2021, and calls for a joint drug procurement system by the Medical Stores Department Tanzania to be used to quickly control the coronavirus.
A number of political opposition parties in Tanzania have called on the government to take deliberate steps, in ensuring the outbreak of lung disease, caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), is controlled. The opposition Party for Democracy and Progress (Chadema), through John Mrema, the Head of Protocol and Foreign Affairs, has called on the government to distribute testing equipment to all regional, district and border hospitals.