Tanzania government has today received $100 million (Sh230 billion) from Barrick Gold which is the first tranche of $300 million agreed as goodwill gesture to end dispute between the two parties.
The government of Tanzania through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 summoned the acting US Ambassador Dr Inmi Patterson for clarification over issues that the mission has in the recent past posted on its website and social media platforms.
Police in Dar es Salaam say they have killed seven suspected armed robbers who were allegedly preparing to raid a warehouse used to store motorcycle parts at Mwenge Cocacola in Dar es Salaam.
The truckers are among the 25 drivers who tested positive at Elegu and Malaba border posts. Mr Omogo explained that the drivers believe the disease is a hoax because they have not been adequately sensitised. He added that many of them run away because they are freelance drivers.
Bongo Flava star Diamond Platnumz elated his fans with an electric two-hour long virtual concert that featured some of the brightest names in African music today.
Covid-19 is a wake-up call for the world–and the case for a global wildlife trade ban has never been more urgent. The origins of the deadly pandemic that’s sweeping across the world leaving a trail of destruction, are thought to originate from a wet market in Wuhan, China, where wild animals were sold. Science suggests the virus came from bats, and moved to humans via an intermediary animal, potentially a pangolin – a scaly ant eater like animal. While the exact animal it came from is uncertain, we do know that this was caused by the exploitation of wild animals. This pandemic has created an extraordinary situation, but the circumstances about how it emerged, are not. In fact, more than 70 per cent of emerging zoonotic infectious diseases come from wildlife.The SARS epidemic for example, was thought to originate from eating civets, a cat sized mammal. The long list of infections passed to humans by animals also includes MERS, Ebola, HIV, and rabies.As we expand into more wildlife habitats, the more we come into close contact with wild animals and this is risky business. Not only that - taking animals from the wild or breeding them in captivity to be sold in markets that are unregulated, unhygienic, and stressful for the animals, creates a lethal concoction for diseases to thrive. The human health threat is an issue which has been magnified by the global crisis we are currently living. People are tragically losing lives, loved ones, jobs, and income. It’s also taking a toll on our mental health with isolation and freedom of movement restricted. People are suffering. But wild animals can no longer be the forgotten victims. Animals are at the centre of a cruel multi-billion-dollar business that exploits them on an industrial scale. Exploited to be eaten, used in medicine, kept as exotic pets, or used as photo props as a ‘once in a lifetime’ holiday experience. They face fear and suffering, deprived of the life they’d have in the wild. They are shipped around as freight, treated as mere commodities, with their well-being ignored. They are crammed into cages, kept in poor health, and often killed for their body parts. Make no mistake – this is a business that is inherently cruel. The wildlife trade might be viewed as a valuable stream of income by people such as hunters, farmers, exporters and vendors. But experts suggest that the current COVID-19 pandemic could cost the global economy trillions of dollars , putting us on track for the worst economic crisis since the ‘Great Depression’of the 1930s. This cruelty comes at a price that the world cannot afford to pay. But we could reset the balance and leave wild animals in their natural habitats. They are sentient beings capable of experiencing joy and sadness and emotional bonds. Anyone who’s seen an elephant grieving over the loss of a herd member, or a dolphin playing among their pod will know. They play critical roles in ecosystems around the world. Yet the wildlife trade is unsustainable, pushing many species to the brink of extinction, and this becomes more urgent as our population grows. When we leave animals in the wild, we create a world that is free of man-made animal cruelty and subsequently, zoonotic threats are drastically reduced.We can’t just leave this to chance. A global wildlife trade ban is the only way to end the cruelty and protect our health. To effectively prevent another pandemic and protect animals, humans and the global economy –we need a global commitment, and it needs to encompass the commercial trade of all wild animals. This means banning wild animals for food, medicine, pets, luxury products and for entertainment, as it’s not just consumption of wild animals that carries risks. This also needs to go hand in hand with enforcement, economic alternatives and education, to reduce the risk of consumer demand driving the wildlife trade underground. We really need to challenge the current status quo. Less demand means less suffering, and ultimately, lessens the risk of future pandemics. This isn’t just wishful thinking. China has made some promising steps, responding to the pandemic by banning the consumption of wild animals as food, and Vietnam is also preparing something similar. Many are also turning their backs on eating wild animals out of choice. A total ban on the global wildlife trade is urgently needed, as is the need for us to change how we view wild animals. If we don’t take urgent action, eventually, wild animals and habitats could be lost forever, while human health will be teetering on the edge of another pandemic. Global problems require global solutions, and the G20 Leaders’ Summit in November provides an opportunity for world leaders to lay down plans that could protect us from future catastrophes like COVID-19. By committing to end the global wildlife trade, and for G20 members to introduce and enforce domestic bans, they have a unique opportunity to right this wrong. It isn’t just the responsibility of the world’s leaders though, we all have a role to play, to make better choices for wild animals. Because, wild animals don’t belong to us, they belong in the wild, and this is how we’ll stop future pandemics.
On May 19, Kabuga appeared in a French court in Paris in a wheelchair, dressed in jeans and a blue jumper and wearing a face mask. Accompanied by his family, Mr Kabuga spoke in a shaky voice through an interpreter, as he preferred to speak in Kinyarwanda, confirming his name and saying he was born in 1935.
A paper published last week in the Lancet showed people taking hydroxychloroquine were at a higher risk of death and heart problems. The drugs are accepted treatments for people with malaria and auto-immune diseases. The global trial termed Solidarity trial is being carried out in several countries across the world.
The ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation has said former Tanzania High Commissioner to Kenya Dr Pindi Chana was replaced last week after ending her tour of duty.
The Tanzanian football fraternity suffered a tragic double severe setback, following the death of two former Taifa Stars defenders, Lawrence Mwalusako and Yahya Dondwe.
Beer maker East African Breweries Ltd (EABL) has taken a hard hit from the closure of bars and restaurants in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, becoming the first listed company in the region to issue a profit warning.
Seventy-two more patients have tested positive for Covid-19 in Kenya, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 1,286.
Kenya’s listed telco Safaricom topped the region as the largest company by market capitalisation and net earnings yet again this year, even as the Covid-19 pandemic hit listed firms, wiping out shareholder earnings and pushing away foreign investors.
Nigeria has fined a UK airline $3,300 for illegally running a passenger service into the country during the Covid-19 travel ban.
The leading horticulture industry’s body Taha has applauded the Tanzania and Kenya’s truce, saying the deal has saved the multi-million dollar agricultural sub-sector and thousands of related jobs.
Faced with the calamitous fallout from the coronavirus on airline customers and the broader economy, Boeing found itself in an unfamiliar and uncomfortable position in March.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was under increased pressure on Sunday to sack top aide Dominic Cummings who was facing allegations that he had breached coronavirus lockdown rules for a second time.
Five crew members of MV Kalangala have been placed under quarantine upon arriving at Nakiwogo Pier, Entebbe Municipality from Tanzania.
At least 23 more Ugandans have tested positive for COVID-19 as the country’s confirmed cases on Saturday rose to 198.
Dar es Salaam. Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu on Saturday May 23 revealed findings of a report presented to her by the 10-man probe committee formed early this month to investigate the National Health Laboratory after President John Magufuli raised concerns over Covid-19 testing facilities at the state-owned lab.
10 of South Sudan’s cabinet ministers tested positive for the coro-navirus, according to the Minister of Information Michael Makuei who spoke to the BBC.
Chinese military experts say the US will not respond to an international request about its biological laboratories to conceal Washington's bio-weapons research.
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced plans to help businesses and Kenyans survive the economic storm caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The release of Covid-19 official statistics has remained a mystery for nearly a month despite a promise by Health minister Ummy Mwalimu who said the government would resume updating the public on the disease’s trends after the rehabilitation of the National Health Laboratory.
Dar es Salaam. Tanzania and Kenya have today May 22 agreed to make public data on the COVID-19 status of truck drivers without mentioning nationality of those who test positive, it has been confirmed. A joint statement signed by Transport Ministers Issack Kamwele (Tanzania) and James Macharia (Kenya) said the data will be submitted to the competent authority through diplomatic channels for necessary measures. “Truck crew to be tested before the commencement of their journeys at point of origin using WHO standards and be issued with a 14-day COVID-free certificate by the competent authority which shall be mutually recognised,” reads a statement signed by the two ministers. Each vehicle will only be allowed to carry up to three crew members: each partner State will Gazette conducive places for the truckers to stop and rest. Partner States will also undertake random screening at the designated resting points. “This should be treated in a transparent manner. In case one of the vehicle crew is found to be at high risk of COVID-19 the owner of the vehicle shall be allowed to replace all crew and the vehicle allowed to proceed,” the statement adds. Both countries have also agreed to commit to revive and operationalise the Ujirani Mwema cross border meetings. Citizens who undertake agricultural activities on either side of the border will be allowed access to their farms subject to being identified by the local leaders. For weeks, trucks were stalled at border crossings — with trucks sometimes stretching back hundreds deep at some points. Truck drivers began to be seen as high-risk COVID-19 carriers after some cases were traced to them. Kenya’s ambassador to Tanzania, Dan Kazungu, attempted to ease the situation on Tuesday, saying at a news conference that leaders of the East African Community (EAC) were working together to address the region’s trucking industry problems.
Kenya’s Senate Deputy Speaker Kithure Kindiki was yesterday ousted after a heated debate. The Tharaka-Nithi senator lost his seat as deputy senate speaker after 54 senators voted in favour of the impeachment motion. Seven senators voted against the motion.
The University of Dar es Salaam (Udsm) has allocated shillings 1.5 billion to sponsor its researchers to conduct productive studies in the country.
As at 13 May this year, the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting ("the MLI”) issued by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) covers 94 jurisdictions, including neighbouring Kenya. Notably, Tanzania is not yet a signatory to the MLI.
The United States has announced an additional $2.4 million (Sh5.6 billion shillings) for Tanzania in support of the efforts to curb Covid-19.
Uganda’s attempts to meet demand for electricity could be behind the recent floods that have rendered thousands on the shores of Lake Victoria homeless, the Nation has learnt.
The Council of Europe has been called upon not ignore attempts at glorification of Nazism and desecration of monuments to Soviet soldiers who died liberating Europe from Nazism, the Russian foreign ministry said in a commentary on the beginning of Greece’s presidency in the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers.
President John Magufuli has today, June 21 directed that any donation intended to help the country in the battle against Covid-19 pandemic should be channeled through the Health ministry.
QuantLase Imaging Lab in the UAE has developed a new laser beam technology, which enables mass Covid-19 testing with results available in seconds.
The Covid-19 pandemic presents an opportunity to reset the African continent so that Africans can be empowered to become more productive and self reliant, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc chairman has said.
A Rwandan tycoon arrested in connection with his country's 1994 genocide after more than two decades on the run, is expected to be tried at a tribunal in Tanzania, a prosecutor told AFP Wednesday.