Tanzania: Magufuli Blocks Tanapa’s Plans to Kill Hippos

Dar es Salaam — President John Magufuli on Friday, October 11, blocked plans by the Tanzania National Parks Authority (Tanapa) to kill the hippos in Katavi Region, instead he advised the authorities to find alternatives to conserve the animals. This comes after the President learned that the authorities were planning to kill over 50 hippos

Kenya: Nairobi Speaker Beatrice Elachi Returns to Her Office After 13 Months

Embattled Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi has returned to her office on Wednesday morning 13 months after her dramatic eviction. Ms Elachi, who was escorted by Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party ward representatives and some Jubilee MCAs, her return will “bring back sanity” in the House. She made her grand entrance some minutes before

Tanzania Cracks the Whip On Dangote

Hardly five years since its triumphant entry into the Tanzanian market in 2015, Dangote Cement has fallen out with a government that touted it as a model investor. This past week, the company was accused of not filing its operations report with the Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) as per government regulations, and was given seven

Kenya Now Want 12 More Months for the Maritime Border Dispute

The International Court of Justice will, next week, once again review Kenya’s request for a 12-month delay of the public hearing in its maritime boundary case with Somalia. On Thursday, Kenya’s Office of the Attorney-General asked the Court, based at The Hague, Netherlands, to grant a year’s postponement in what officials argue would be sufficient

Kenya: Shame As 150 MPs Pocket Millions for No Work Done

Parliament will next week crack down on scores of lazy MPs who have been pocketing millions of shillings in weekly allowances without attending committee meetings. On Thursday, the leadership of the National Assembly said it will kick such MPs out of the committees in a move aimed at ensuring solemnity in the discharge of parliamentary

Tanzania: Bobi Wine Supporters Detained Over Wearing Banned Red Berets

Kampala — Ugandan security personnel on Thursday detained six supporters of pop star and presidential hopeful Bobi Wine for wearing red berets, a banned symbol of his “People Power” pressure group, a spokesman for the movement said. Wine, 37, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has rattled the government since becoming a legislator in 2017

Kenya: Blue Economy Key to Kenya’s Development, President Kenyatta Says

President Uhuru Kenyatta has said Kenya is prioritizing the implementation of sustainable blue economy programs because of the sector’s potential to accelerate the country’s development. The President said the shrinking land-based resources won’t be adequate to sustain a rising world population in the long run hence the need for countries to factor the blue economy

Millions of Ugandans quit internet services as social media tax takes effect | Global development

Millions of people in Uganda have abandoned social media after punishing taxes were imposed on the use of networking sites and on money transactions using mobile phones. A daily levy, introduced in July to tame “idle talk” online and raise revenue, affects more than 60 online platforms including Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter. To use such

Uganda: Police, Army Battle FDC Supporters in Hoima

Business came to stand still for several hours in Hoima town as police and the army battled opposition supporters led by Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, the Kyadondo East member of parliament. Kyagulanyi emerged from nowhere to the middle of Hoima town at around 2 pm causing commotion in the town centre. Flanked by Asinansi

Tanzania ‘Natural Treasure’ Draws Crowds Far From Home

Berlin — After taking a few steps into the Naturkunde Museum in Berlin, the first artefact you will see is a skeleton of the uniquely tall dinosaur, the Brachiosaurus brancai (Giraffatitan). Standing at 13.27 metres high, the Giraffatitan is the tallest mounted dinosaur skeleton in the world, as the Guinness (Book of) World Records affirms.