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Rethinking Tanzania and its Constitution ahead of the 2025 Elections: Challenges and Prospects

Date & Time: Mar 13, 2024 01:00 PM in 
Description: The Tanzanian constitution, including the detail of the relationship between Zanzibar and the mainland, was very much on the political agenda in the run-up to the presidential elections in 2015. But the most controversial proposals of the Warioba Commission were not implemented, and during the Magufuli presidency the constitution was not widely discussed.
President Samia Suluhu Hassan, the Vice-President from Zanzibar who succeeded Magufuli after his unexpected death in March 2021, initially appeared to be reluctant to consider changes to the constitution. She has, however, been more willing to engage with opposition parties, and the Mukandala Taskforce, set up under her watch, has proposed a range of reforms. At least some of these proposals can be implemented ahead of the next presidential elections in 2025, and may shape how it plays out. However, President Hassan wants any changes to be lasting and introduced on the basis of consensus, which, along with resistance within some parts of the ruling party, may slow the pace of change.
This event will discuss this process, where it is going and the factors that drive it, and the implications for Tanzanian politics both in 2025 and in the future. It is co-organised by the International Development Department of the University of Birmingham, the Britain Tanzania Society, and the Centre for Elections, Democracy, Accountability and Representation.
Ben Taylor: Editor, Tanzanian Affairs
Alexander Makulilo: Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Dar es Salaam
Baruani Mshale: Director of Learning and Strategy,
Twaweza Elsie Eyakuze: Tanzanian freelance journalist and commentator, and columnist for the East African
Michaela Collord: Assistant Professor in Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham
Paul Harrison: Chair, Britain Tanzania Society
Nic Cheeseman: Professor of Democracy at the University of Birmingham
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You are cordially invited to the AGM of Tanzania Development Trust and Britain Tanzania Society on Saturday 14 Oct 2023 15:00 – 16:30 BST which will be held by Zoom.

This is a chance to find out more about our work, meet the post holders and others and ask questions. You will also hear from many of our local reps discussing their work in Tanzania.

Paul Harrison, BTS Chair,  will talk about the Britain Tanzania Society. Our esteemed speakers are expected to be the incoming Tanzanian High Commissioner (to be confirmed), John Woodcock, the Lord Walney –  the UK trade envoy to Tanzania – and Kemi Williams, the Development Director at the UK High Commission to Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, representing the UK High Commission.

Janet Chapman will present TDT’s Annual Report and also talk briefly about their mapping project Crowd2Map and how you can get involved.

Our local rep for Mara, Rhobi Samwelly, will talk about her NGO fighting FGM, Hope for Girls and Women Tanzania, LR for Kigoma, Benedicto Hosea will talk about our water project and LR for Tabora Ezekiel Kassanga about his open school for girls excluded by pregnancy, Tumaini Open School.

The presentation section will be recorded. There will be a chance to ask questions via the chat.

The link to the zoom meeting will be sent out the day before and 2 hours before the meeting to all who register.

Everyone welcome!

For more details and to book a free ticket, please click on the link below:

Ron Fennell MBE Memorial

The memorial service for former BTS chairman and vice-president, Ron Fennell MBE, will be held in the Chapel at Westminster Central Hall at 2.00pm on Sunday 20th August, followed by in informal social gathering over tea and cakes in the Aldersgate Room.

Ron Fennell MBE

Ron Fennell MBE

BTS Vice President and former BTS Chair, Ron Fennell, passed away peacefully on
Wednesday 12 th April, attended by family.

He and his wife, the late Liz Fennell MBE, had a great love for Tanzania and were stalwarts
of the Society, including providing substantial support to the work of the Tanzania
Development Trust.

Ron and Liz met while studying geography at Cambridge University and they married in
1956. He worked in Sierra Leone for 12 years until 1966, when he joined the International
Monetary Fund and moved to Washington, DC. He joined the World Bank three years later
and the family lived in Nigeria and Tanzania, before returning to the United States in 1987.
They retired to the UK in 1995, settling in West London.

Thereafter, Ron and Liz were active members of BTS known in particular for their energetic
support to the Society at events and to TDT where they would take long trips to Tanzania to assess and support projects, at their own cost and even to the most remote areas.

Ron and Liz were both made MBEs in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list for services to
building relations between the UK and Tanzania.

A memorial service is planned, in central London. We will share those details once we have

With warm memories and our sympathies to the family,

Paul Harrison
Britain Tanzania Society

BTS AGM 2022

Britain Tanzania Society AGM took place on Wednesday November 30th at 1pm, 2022

We were delighted that our speakers this year were David Concar, UK High Commissioner in Tanzania and John Woodcock, Lord Walney and UK trad envoy to Tanzania.

Chair, Paul Harrison, was hosted at the UK High Commissioner’s residence in Dar es Salaam Tanzania along with members of Britain Tanzania Society Tanzania members and via Zoom by Britain Tanzania Society UK members and others. After the speakers updates were given about the work of both the society and Tanzania Development Trust and the associated annual reports. Officers for the society were confirmed without change.

A recording of the meeting can be viewed on YouTube.

A pdf of the AGM minutes can be viewed here.

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2022 BTS AGM 30/11/22

Come and join us for the 2022 online AGM of the Britain Tanzania Society on Wednesday 30th November 2022, 1pm to 2pm GMT (4pm to 5pm EAT, Tanzania)

This is a chance to find out more about the work of each organisation, what they’ve been doing over the last year, meet the post holders and others and ask questions. We will be delighted to receive an address from H.E. David Concar, UK High Commissioner to Tanzania and H.E. Asha-Rose Migiro, Tanzanian High Commissioner to the UK, or a representative.

The BTS and TDT 2022 Annual Reports have been uploaded to the website, please go to the Annual Reports page if you would like to view them.

For more details and to book a free ticket, please click on the link below:

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