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DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania's police said on Wednesday they were investigating the death of an opposition campaigner in the country's commercial capital, while dissidents said the killing showed politically motivated attacks were continuing.
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday put a temporary ban on the registration of foreign ships in the country and ordered over 400 vessels to be investigated for allegations of involvement in criminal activity.
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania has threatened to revoke the registration of religious organizations that "mix religion and politics" after a cleric criticized President John Magufuli's leadership in a Christmas sermon. Opposition leaders in Tanzania say tolerance for dissent has been rapidly disappearing since Magufuli took office in late 2015 with pledges to reform East Africa's third-biggest economy and crack down on large-scale corruption. Tanzania's constitution protects freedom of worship, but religious organizations must register at the country's Home Affairs Ministry to get a license to operate legally. "Recently, some leaders of (religious) societies have been using their sermons to analyze political issues, which is contrary to the law," the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Projest Rwegasira, said late on Thursday. "Any violation of the law could lead to cancellation of the registration of the concerned religious society," he said in a statement. The warning was issued just days after the head of a Pentecostal church in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam criticized Magufuli's leadership, saying his government was closing democratic space. Zachary Kakobe, self-proclaimed bishop and founder of the Full Gospel Bible Fellowship Church, accused the Tanzanian government of "quietly turning the country into a one-state rule by systematically banning political activity." The Home Affairs Ministry responded by issuing a public notice to religious organizations after the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party accused Kakobe of mixing religion and politics. Tanzanian police banned political protests and rallies indefinitely in June last year, saying political activity would only be allowed during elections. Magufuli, nicknamed “the Bulldozer” for pushing through his policies, has won some praise from Western donors for an anti-corruption campaign and cuts to wasteful public spending. But opponents accuse him of increasingly undermining democracy by curbing dissent and stifling free speech. Magufuli has publicly denied the allegations, saying he is no dictator. But several newspapers have been shut and more than a dozen suspects prosecuted for allegedly insulting the president via WhatsApp and other social media platforms.
DAR ES SALAAM, Dec 13 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) called on Tanzania to speed up reforms and spend more to prevent a slowdown in one of the world's fastest growing economies.
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania's tourism minister ordered a corruption investigation into his predecessor on Monday, just two weeks after the former post-holder quit the ruling party and joined the opposition.
DAR ES SALAAM Two East African presidents on Saturday condemned a decision by the International Criminal Court to open a war crimes investigation into Burundi, saying it undermined regional peace initiatives.
DAR ES SALAAM, Nov 6 Tanzania is mounting a legal challenge against a construction firm's seizure of one of the country's new commercial planes in Canada as compensation for a disputed contract, President John Magufuli said on Monday.
DAR ES SALAAM A senior Tanzanian politician quit the ruling party on Monday complaining of human rights abuses and a weakening of democracy in the east African nation, in a move political analysts said could trigger a wave of defections to opposition parties.
DAR ES SALAAM, Oct 25 Human rights groups asked Tanzania's president on Wednesday to address allegations of rights abuses at Acacia Mining's North Mara gold mine in talks under way with the firm's parent company, according to a letter seen by Reuters.
DAR ES SALAAM/TORONTO Barrick Gold said on Thursday that its African subsidiary Acacia Mining would pay $300 million (228.07 million pounds) and split 'economic benefits' from operations with Tanzania under a deal proposed to resolve a months-long dispute.