Tanzanian Affairs

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The Britain Tanzania Society produces the highly regarded bulletin Tanzanian Affairs, which is sent free of charge to members. It is published three times a year, in January, May and September.

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TA ISSUE 118
Posted: 1 September 2017
Mining Sector – The Mineral Sands Export Saga Challenge to Schooling Ban for Pregnant Girls Key “Escrow” Suspects Arrested Obituaries Book Reviews A pdf of the issue can be downloaded here

THE MINERAL SANDS EXPORT SAGA
Posted: 31 August 2017
by Roger Nellist Tanzania’s mining sector in difficulty – the background As reported in TA117, in March the government took the controversial step of banning the export of mineral concentrates and ores for metallic minerals such as gold, copper, nickel and silver. Later the same month, President Magufuli had intervened personally, ordering the seizure at […]

EDUCATION
Posted: 31 August 2017
by Naomi Rouse Civil Society ready to challenge the President on controversial education policy The unequivocal statement by President Magufuli banning pregnant girls and young mothers from attending school is a setback for the ‘re-entry’ policy that had gained growing momentum in recent years. However, Tanzanian civil society and others are mobilising to oppose the […]

KEY “ESCROW” SUSPECTS ARRESTED
Posted: 31 August 2017
Two key suspects in the alleged corruption case around power generation contracts – popularly known as the “Escrow” case – have been arrested and charged in Dar es Salaam. Harbinder Singh Sethi of Pan Africa Power Solutions Tanzania (PAP) and James Rugemalira of VIP Engineering and Marketing jointly face six charges of economic sabotage, forgery, […]

VIOLENCE IN KIBITI
Posted: 31 August 2017
by Ben Taylor There are some signs that the police may have turned a corner in addressing the spate of violence that has afflicted Kibiti and neighbouring districts of Coast Region in recent months. In February three people, including a police officer, were killed by a group of bandits at a farm and forestry levies […]

CLAMPDOWN ON FAKE ACADEMIC CERTIFICATES
Posted: 31 August 2017
by Ben Taylor President John Magufuli announced the firing of nearly 10,000 civil servants after receiving a report on public servants’ academic certificates. The following day, the full list of those accused of possessing fake certificates was published. The Minister of State for Public Service Management, Angela Kairuki, noted that from a total of 435,000 […]

CUF’S ONGOING TRAVAILS
Posted: 31 August 2017
by Ben Taylor The power struggle within the opposition party, the Civic United Front (CUF), shows no signs of letting up, with several dramatic incidents having taken place over the past few months. The dispute pits a predominantly mainland faction of the party aligned with former Presidential candidate, Professor Ibrahim Lipumba, against a Zanzibar-dominated faction […]

FOREIGN RELATIONS
Posted: 31 August 2017
by David Brewin Foreign relations and the ‘economic war’ Ever since independence in 1961 Tanzania has enjoyed warm and friendly relations with most countries around the world. The formidable leadership of the first president (Nyerere) and his determined fight against colonialism in Africa kept him constantly in the news but there were many up and […]

BUSINESS & THE ECONOMY
Posted: 31 August 2017
by Ben Taylor National budget endorsed Members of Parliament (MPs) overwhelmingly endorsed the 2017/18 national budget: of 355 votes cast, 260 voted to approve the budget and 95 voted against. All but two opposition legislators voted to oppose the budget. Finance and Planning Minister Philip Mpango announced the abolition of Value Added Tax (VAT) on […]

AGRICULTURE
Posted: 31 August 2017
by David Brewin The armyworm returns in another form The much-feared armyworm caterpillars have returned in another form to parts of Africa including Tanzania. These armyworms are called “fall armyworm”, and they began emerging in early 2017 throughout East Africa and beyond. During recent months, the governments of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania have allocated more […]