Tanzania

  1. Tanzania planning to lift media bans

    Alfred Mushi

    BBC News, Dar es Salaam

    People using computers
    Image caption: The previous president was accused of targeting journalists and bloggers

    The authorities in Tanzania say they plan to lift bans and suspensions on media organisations which had been barred from operating.

    Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Constitution and Legal Affairs, Amon Mpanju, said the the government has been holding talks with media owners and the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders' Coalition.

    "We were all looking at revising some law provisions to ensure that we set free all banned media outlets,” said Mr Mpanju in a statement.

    He added that President Samia Suluhu Hassan had ordered the ministry to resolve press freedom challenges in the country.

    Ms Samia's predecessor, John Magufuli, was repeatedly accused of suppressing press freedom in Tanzania.

    Under his government, newspapers and critical websites were shut down or suspended and several journalists were arrested.

  2. World Bank welcomes Tanzania pregnant pupil ban

    Aboubakar Famau

    BBC News, Dodoma

    A pregnant girl
    Image caption: Pregnant girls are currently expelled from schoolImage

    The World Bank has welcomed the decision by Tanzania to remove a nearly two-decade-long ban on pregnant students from attending school.

    The organisation says the move will remove barriers to access of education.

    "This important decision underscores the country’s commitment to support girls and young women and improve their chances at receiving a better education," a statement from the World Bank says.

    The Swedish embassy in Tanzania has also praised the decision terming it is an "inspiration in the region for young mothers’ rights to education".

    The ban was strongly enforced by former President John Magufuli who died in March this year.

    The decision to remove the ban was announced on Wednesday by Education Minister Joyce Ndalichako.

    Education and women rights campaigners have also welcomed the move but say the new directive needs to be enacted into law for it to be successfully implemented.

    Statistics indicate that, more than 120,000 girls drop out of school every year in Tanzania, 6,500 of them due to pregnancies.

  3. Tanzania to scrap ban on pregnant schoolgirls

    Grace Kuria

    BBC News

    Pregnant girl
    Image caption: Pregnant girls are currently expelled from school

    A 19-year-old rule that banned pregnant students from attending school in Tanzania is to be scrapped, a minister says.

    Education Minister Prof Joyce Ndalichako said on Wednesday that primary and secondary school students who drop out of school due to various reasons, including pregnancy, will now be allowed to return to the formal school system.

    The government had set up a parallel education system for pregnant schoolgirls with officials saying this would protect other students from "bad influence".

    The late Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli reinforced the law initially passed in 2002 which allowed for the expulsion of pregnant schoolgirls.

    The law said the girls could be expelled and excluded from school for "offences against morality" and "wedlock".

    Women's rights groups had long urged the government to change the law.

    Magufuli warned that "after getting pregnant, you are done".

    He also announced that men who impregnate schoolgirls should be imprisoned for 30 years.

    Prof Ndalichako said she would give more information about the way forward.

  4. Tanzania's Kilimanjaro region hotter than usual - experts

    Alfred Lasteck

    BBC News, Dar es Salaam

    Mount Kilimanjaro
    Image caption: The high temperatures are expected to continue this month

    Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro region, which is home to Africa’s tallest mountain, is experiencing hotter-than-usual temperatures this month, the weather authorities say.

    The temperature in the region has risen to a high of 36.4C in November, an increase of nearly 5C above the average temperature experienced at this time of the year.

    Other regions, including the coastal city of Dar es Salaam and Ruvuma in the south, have also been hotter than their long-term averages.

    The high temperatures are expected to continue throughout November, with a slight decrease forecast in December when the rains come.

  5. Tanzania's Pristine Coral Reefs

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    Video caption: Mike Corey explores a coral reef off the coast of Tanzania.

    Mike Corey is off the coast of Tanzania, exploring a coral reef that scientists say could be a game-changer for some species threatened by warming seas.

  6. Tanzania singer released on bail - opposition

    Aboubakar Famau

    BBC News, Dodoma

    Maembe Vitali with a guitar
    Image caption: Vitali Maembe's music has often been seen as critical of the government

    A Tanzanian musician has been released on bail after police arrested him on Tuesday, according to a statement released by opposition party ACT Wazalendo.

    Vitali Maembe is accused of criticising officials in his songs and must report back to officers on Thursday, according to the statement.

    Tanzania’s police have declined to confirm the arrest, but instead said they were following up on reports.

    Maembe's music has often been seen as critical of the government. He contested a parliamentary seat during the last general election as an ACT Wazalendo candidate.

    His music, which has spread throughout Tanzania and beyond, often highlight people's grievances.

  7. Chameleons

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    Video caption: Andy and Kip visit Tanzania in Africa in search of the Jackson's chameleon.

    Preschool wildlife series. Andy and Kip visit Tanzania in Africa in search of the Jackson's chameleon.

  8. Tanzanian pilot on conservation work goes missing

    A Tanzanian pilot has been missing for almost two weeks after his aircraft went off the radar while on a conservation mission.

    His employer Pams Foundation over the weekend said an ongoing search for the pilot had had not been successful.

    Samwel Gibuyi was flying solo on 18 October to join his workmate at the Selous Game Reserve.

    He failed to arrive at the designated time and a search was launched immediately.

    Pams project manager Max Jenes is quoted by The Citizen newspaper as saying that the aircraft was being traced using some special tool and had not been found.

    A physical search along the route has also been ongoing.

    The conservation foundation said it would not rest until he was found:

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  9. COP26: Views from Cambodia and Tanzania

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    Video caption: Two young people share how climate change is impacting them

    Two young people from different corners of the world share how climate change is impacting them, and how they think we should adapt.

  10. Africa Special: Part 2

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    Video caption: The trio reach the climax of their quest to find the definitive source of the Nile.

    Having survived insane traffic, lethal mudslides and dubious map reading, the trio reach the climax of their quest to find the definitive source of the Nile.

  11. Exiled Burundi politician aiding Congo rebels - president

    Alfred Lasteck

    BBC News, Dar es Salaam

    Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye
    Image caption: Burundian President Ndayishimiye has been promised support from Tanzania's President Samia

    The president of Burundi has accused an exiled politician of uniting with Congolese rebels to cause anarchy in the Great Lakes region.

    He said the unnamed politician was working with Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) soldiers who have been launching sporadic attacks, killing people and destroying villages.

    Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye made the comments on a three-day visit to Tanzania, where his counterpart President Samia Suluhu Hassan promised to co-operate with Burundi and other neighbours to ensure regional peace and stability.

    Landlocked Burundi heavily depends on Tanzania's port city of Dar es Salaam, and Mr Ndayishimiye will inspect major projects there as well as the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway - plus he'll visit Kwala Dry Port where Burundi has been allocated 10 hectares of space.

  12. Powerful Tanzanian ex-official jailed for armed robbery

    Lulu Sanga

    BBC News, Dar es Salaam

    An influential former government official has been sentenced to 30 years in prison in Tanzania, for robbing a businessman of more than $1,200 (£870).

    Lengai Ole Sabaya had served as a district commissioner in the Kilimanjaro region from 2018 until May this year, and was regarded as one of the more powerful administrators during late President John Magufuli’s time in power.

    Ole Sabaya is also facing charges of embezzlement, terror and assault which are yet to be decided - all of which he denies. He says he was obeying orders from a superior authority but did not specify who.

    On Thursday a court found Ole Sabaya and two other people guilty of armed robbery.

    The court heard that the former politician was carrying a pistol when he entered a shop operated by the victim and demanded the money. His co-accused were also armed and waited outside the shop, the court was told.

  13. Tanzania urged calm during Facebook outage

    Tanzania's government made an appeal for calm in the country during a six-hour outage of social media services Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram.

    All three services are owned by Facebook and could not be accessed over the web or on smartphone apps.

    The company said the cause was a faulty configuration change.

    In a video posted on Twitter, Tanzania's government spokesman's office said the country's communications regulator had contacted the American tech giant to understand the cause of the outage.

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    "The government urges all Tanzanians to remain calm during the outage of these social media platforms. All other government services provided online are still available," a man in the video says.

    It's unclear what could have prompted the announcement.

    There is no known official data on social media users in the East African nation of over 61 million people.

  14. Tanzania gets first woman defence minister

    Stergomena Tax is Tanzania's first woman defence minister
    Image caption: Stergomena Tax is Tanzania's first woman defence minister

    Tanzania's President Samia Suluhu has announced the country's first woman defence minister.

    Stergomena Tax replaces Elias Kwandikwa, who died in August.

    The president also revoked the appointment of three cabinet ministers and appointed a new attorney general.

    Those sacked are the Communication Minister Faustine Ndugulile, Leonard Chamuriho (transport) and Medard Kalemani (energy).

    President Suluhu brought back January Makamba whose appointment had been revoked by former President John Magufuli.

    Mr Makamba will now head the energy ministry.

    The president appointed Judge Eliezer Feleshi as the new attorney general to replace Adelardus Kilangi who has been appointed an ambassador.

  15. Tanzania holds first ever inter-ethnic cultural festival

    Eagan Salla

    BBC News

    Tanzanian men showcase snake playing culture

    Tanzania's first ever inter-ethnic cultural festival is being held in the port city of Mwanza.

    The two-day event will feature several traditional sports like playing with snakes.

    The event has been organised by traditional leaders from across Tanzania with an aim of promoting cultural tourism.

    A performer on stage

    Tanzania's President Samia Suluhu will close the festival and award prizes to winners of several cultural events being held.

  16. Judge in Tanzania opposition leader case steps down

    BBC World Service

    Tanzania"s main opposition party, the Party for Democracy and Progress, also known as Chadema, leader Freeman Mbowe (C) is escorted as he arrives at the Kisutu Residents Margstate Court,
    Image caption: Freeman Mbowe seen arriving at court for an earlier hearing

    The judge in the trial of Tanzania's main opposition leader has stepped down.

    The case against Freeman Mbowe and three others has been adjourned.

    Judge Elinaza Luvanda withdrew from the case in Dar es Salaam after the defendants told the court that they had no confidence in him.

    Mr Mbowe and other senior officials from the opposition Chadema party were arrested in July and charged with terrorism offences.

    They say the case against them is politically motivated.