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Tanzania to pick new president, parliament on Oct. 25: officials 25.5.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
Tanzanians will pick a new president and parliament on Oct. 25, officials said on Monday, in a national election likely to be dominated by the ruling party despite rising anger at poverty and corruption. President Jakaya Kikwete is due to step down from the helm of east Africa's second-biggest economy after two terms -- the limit set out in the constitution. Tanzania's main opposition parties have promised to unite behind a single presidential candidate to replace ...
Tanzanian leader says aid conditions degrading 21.5.2015 Health
By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete said on Thursday that Western donors are setting degrading conditions for aid to the east African nation and he could be forced in time to tell them: "keep your aid".     Tanzania, one of Africa's biggest per capita aid recipients, has experienced repeated delays in payments due to donor concerns about corruption, poor governance and the slow pace of reforms. ...
Cholera outbreak kills 27 Burundi refugees in Tanzania: UN 21.5.2015 Health
At least 27 Burundian refugees fleeing weeks of political violence have died of cholera in Tanzania, the United Nations said Thursday, warning more could die without urgent action. Over 110,000 Burundians have become refugees since unrest erupted in their country in April, according to the UN refugee agency. More than 70,000 have gone to Tanzania, over 26,000 to Rwanda, and over 9,000 to Democratic Republic of ...
Burundi crisis is not over yet – analysis 16.5.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

The president has returned after a failed coup, but the International Crisis Group tells the Daily Maverick that the situation has not yet been resolved

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Crowds cheer as Burundi army officer says he has deposed absent president 14.5.2015 Elections

Major General Niyombare arrives at the RPA broadcasting studios to address the nation in Burundi's capital BujumburaBy Njuwa Maina BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - A Burundian general said on Wednesday he had deposed President Pierre Nkurunziza for seeking an unconstitutional third term in office and was forming a transitional government, after more than two weeks of protests against the re-election bid. It was hard to establish who was in control in Burundi.

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Coup reported in Burundi 13.5.2015 Washington Post: World
BUJUMBURA, Burundi — A Burundian military officer announced the overthrow of this central African country’s government on Wednesday, saying that President Pierre Nkurunziza had been dismissed for seeking for a third term.Read full article ...
Army general in Burundi says president is ousted 13.5.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — An army general said on a private radio station in Burundi on Wednesday that President Pierre Nkurunziza's mandate is over, however whether he had the support of the military was unclear as gunfire echoed in the ...
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Albinism in Tanzania: slow progress in combatting violence and discrimination 13.5.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Albinos live with the risk of being killed, their body parts fetching high prices for witchcraft - but NGOs hope that change is coming

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East African leaders gather for Burundi crisis talks 13.5.2015 World
East African leaders gathered Wednesday for a crisis summit meeting hoped to broker a deal to end weeks of deadly violence in Burundi over the president's controversial third term bid. Foreign ministers from the five-nation East African Community (EAC) -- made up of Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda as well as Burundi -- met in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam on Tuesday, Kenyan Foreign Minster Amina Mohamed said, ahead of the presidential summit later Wednesday. Over 20 people have been killed and scores wounded since late April, when Burundi's ruling party nominated President Pierre Nkurunziza to stand for re-election in June 26 polls, triggering daily ...
1 more killed in Burundi before regional meeting on violence 12.5.2015 World
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — One more demonstrator was killed in Burundi bringing the death toll to 15 in continuing protests in the capital over President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office, an official said ...
Burundi protests rage ahead of crisis talks 12.5.2015 World
Burundi police opened fire on protesters Tuesday as President Pierre Nkurunziza defied international pressure to end a controversial third term bid, ahead of a regional summit to address the crisis. One protester died in fresh clashes with police on the streets of Burundi's capital Bujumbura, while two others were reported killed overnight in a grenade explosion. Leaders of the five-nation East African Community -- made up of Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda as well as Burundi -- are due to meet in Dar es Salaam. Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila, South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and the US top diplomat for Africa Linda Thomas-Greenfield are also expected to ...
East African leaders seek to break political deadlock in Burundi 10.5.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
East African leaders will hold a summit in Tanzania on May 13 aimed at breaking the political deadlock in Burundi and ensuring the country holds peaceful elections, Tanzania's presidency said. Nineteen people have been killed in protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, which opponents say violates the constitution and the peace deal that ended the civil war in 2005. "We have agreed to meet ... to discuss how to help our brothers and sisters in Burundi to hold successful elections and ensure that their nation is united, peaceful and secure without any unnecessary conflicts," Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete said in a statement late on Saturday. The heads of state of Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi, which form the East African Community (EAC) common market, are expected to attend an extraordinary summit in Dar es ...
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Tanzania warns of looming humanitarian crisis as Burundians flee 6.5.2015 World
By Kizito Makoye DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A serious humanitarian crisis is looming as thousands of Burundi refugees stream into Tanzania and neighboring countries to escape rising political tensions and violence at home, Tanzanian and international officials said on Wednesday. Tanzania's home affairs ministry spokesman Isaac Nantanga said more than 4,000 Burundi nationals have crossed the border into Tanzania through various entry points in recent weeks. The influx comes as Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza, a former Hutu rebel leader, bids for a third term at June 26 elections, despite a two term limit, which is feared could stoke ethnic rifts between the Hutu majority and Tutsi minority. Nantanga said the number from Burundi was rising daily as refugees, mostly women and children, fled the worst crisis in the East African nation since it emerged in 2005 from a brutal 12-year civil war.
Tanzania postpones constitutional referendum: election commission 3.4.2015 World

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete delivers a speech in Berlin, on January 27, 2015Tanzania's electoral commission postponed Thursday a constitutional referendum planned for April 30 after huge delays in registration, officials said. "We are still updating the permanent voters register. The exercise is very important before holding any elections," National Electoral Commission (NEC) chairman Damian Lubuva told reporters.

Tanzania arrests 32 witch doctors over albino murders 7.3.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Police in Tanzania said on Friday they had arrested 32 witch doctors this week as part of a campaign against ritual killings of albinos. President Jakaya Kikwete last week vowed to stamp out the practice he said brought shame onto the east African country, and albino campaigners called on authorities on Friday to execute people convicted of the murders. "The witch doctors were arrested in possession of different items, including potions and oil from an unknown source," the police chief in the north-western town of Geita, Joseph Konyo, told reporters. He did not say whether they had been charged, or caught with anything relating to albinos, whose condition means they lack pigment in their skin, eyes and hair.
Tanzania police arrest 32 witch-doctors over ritual albino killings 7.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
  • Activists say at least 75 albinos have been killed since 2000
  • Seventeen people convicted of murders already on death row

Police in Tanzania said on Friday they had arrested 32 witch-doctors this week as part of a campaign against ritual killings of albinos.

Activists say attackers have killed at least 75 albinos in the east African country since 2000 to use their limbs and other body parts as charms meant to guarantee success in love, life and business.

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Tanzania albinos decry politicians as police halt protest over killings 2.3.2015 Health
By Kizito Makoye DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tanzanian police banned a demonstration on Monday to protest against attacks and murders of albinos, fuelling concerns that authorities are not committed to ending violence against albinos whose body parts are highly valued in witchcraft. The protest, organized by the Tanzania Albinism Society, initially received police approval amid growing anger over the lack of protection for albinos in the wake of the recent abduction and suspected killing of two albino children. A one-year-old boy, Yohana Bahati, was snatched from his home in Tanzania's northwestern Geita region last month. United Nations officials estimate about 75 albinos have been killed in the east African nation since 2000 and have voiced fears of rising attacks ahead of an election this year as aspiring politicians seek good luck charms from witch doctors.
Tanzanian families seek safe havens for albino children, fear attacks: TRFN 25.2.2015 Health
By Kizito Makoye DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tanzanian parents with albino children are racing to find safe havens for their youngsters after the abduction and suspected murder of two children raised fears of more attacks on albinos ahead of elections later this year. Two albino children have gone missing in the past two months despite a government ban on witch doctors, who are accused of encouraging attacks on albinos to get body parts from which they make charms and spells that they claim bring good luck and wealth. Last week police found the body of one-year-old Yohana Bahati just days after an armed gang snatched him from his home in northwestern Tanzania's Geita ...
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Abducted Tanzanian albino boy found dead with limbs severed: police 18.2.2015 Health
By Kizito Makoye DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tanzanian police said on Wednesday they had found the mutilated body of a one-year-old albino boy whose abduction renewed calls for tougher action to stop the killing of albinos for their body parts, prized in black magic. An armed gang snatched Yohana Bahati from his mother at their home in northwestern Tanzania's Geita region on Sunday, a month after the government announced a nationwide ban on witch doctors, who are accused of encouraging attacks on albinos. He was the second albino child in two months to be abducted in the Lake zone of Tanzania. More than 70 albinos, who lack pigment in their skin, hair and eyes, have been murdered in the east African nation in the past decade, according to U.N. figures, many hacked to death and body parts removed to make charms and spells that witch doctors claim bring good luck and wealth.
Tanzanian police arrest leading opposition figure at rally 29.1.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
Tanzanian police arrested a senior opposition figure and 32 supporters, officials said on Wednesday, at an allegedly illegal rally where police used tear gas to scatter demonstrators. Tanzania is due to hold a referendum on a new constitution in April and a general election in October when opposition parties plan to field a single presidential candidate to challenge the Chama Cha Mapinduzi party's 54-year grip on power. On Wednesday the National Assembly Speaker temporarily adjourned the parliamentary session which descended into a shouting match after opposition lawmakers demanded an urgent debate on Tuesday's arrests. Opposition lawmakers said police had beaten up the opposition supporters they ...
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