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Rampant corruption in Tanzania keeps fruits of the many in hands of the few | Hannah McNeish 29.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Fears are growing that endemic graft in Tanzania will deny the majority of its people a fair share of the wealth generated by the country’s natural gas riches

In Dar es Salaam, framed posters of Tanzania’s president, Jakaya Kikwete, top the list of street-side bestsellers, outstripping images of Pope Francis, Jesus, Barack Obama and the country’s founding father, Julius Nyerere.

Related: Tanzania accused of making laws on the hoof in 'Kafkaesque' curb on free speech | Hannah McNeish

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Ex-Tanzanian PM joins opposition to challenge ruling party in polls 29.7.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
Former Tanzanian prime minister Edward Lowassa joined an opposition coalition on Tuesday, posing a serious challenge to the ruling party's 54-year grip on power as the country nears elections in October. Lowassa becomes the highest profile figure from the ruling party to join the opposition camp in Tanzania, which has east Africa's second-biggest economy. The Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party has ruled since independence in 1961.
Tanzania's ruling party picks presidential candidate 12.7.2015 World
Tanzania's ruling party on Sunday anointed government minister John Magufuli as its candidate for presidential elections due to be held in October, party officials said. Magufuli, 55 and currently the east African nation's minister of works, will be widely expected to succeed President Jakaya Kikwete, who will be stepping down after his second and final term. The ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party has been in power since independence in 1964, and currently has two-thirds of seats in ...
Regional leaders urge Burundi to delay elections by 2 weeks 6.7.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Regional leaders are urging Burundi's government to delay presidential elections by two weeks as the central African country grapples with violence sparked by the president's bid for a third term.
Burundi government tells UN mediator to go 5.7.2015 World
Burundi's ruling party and its allies on Sunday told a United Nations mediator to step down, just two weeks after he was sent to help resolve the central African nation's political crisis. Senegal's Abdoulaye Bathily was told to "resign from his post because he seriously lacked respect for the country's sovereignty," a spokesman for the ruling CNDD-FDD party, Gelase-Daniel Ndabirabe, told AFP. Bathily was sent to Burundi last month to replace UN mediator Said Djinnit, an Algerian diplomat, who quit after being branded as too pro-government by civil society ...
Tanzania's female politicians trained to campaign, avoid sexual pitfalls 18.6.2015 World
"Some women are easily tempted to offer sexual corruption to officials so their names are considered for nomination," Salum told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, adorned in the traditional green and yellow of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party. According to training organizers, the candidates will receive training about topical political issues surrounding the elections, the role of parliament and local councils, and relevant election law rules and regulations. PRESIDENTIAL HOPES     Four female candidates have expressed interest in running for president on the CCM ticket, including the former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Asha-Rose Migiro.
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Ex-U.N. deputy chief in race to be Tanzania's first woman president 16.6.2015 Elections
By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - A former U.N. deputy secretary general has joined the race to be the Tanzanian ruling party's presidential candidate, setting her sights on becoming the country's first woman president. Asha-Rose Migiro joins more than 30 other candidates from the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party. Numbers have been swelled from the usual dozen or so by the perception that President Jakaya Kikwete standing down leaves a more open field.
Burundi protesters on streets after African leaders seek poll delay 2.6.2015 World
By Clement Manirabarusha BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Police fired on protesters who took to the streets of Burundi's capital on Tuesday in renewed protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term in office, witnesses said. Protesters said they were angry that a weekend summit of African leaders had not urged Nkurunziza to halt his bid but only urged a delay in elections. Witnesses in Cibitoke and Musaga, two volatile districts of Bujumbura, said the police shot at protesters in the ...
East African leaders call for Burundi to delay elections 31.5.2015 World
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi's government should postpone parliamentary and presidential elections for a six weeks because of unrest triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office, an emergency meeting for the heads of state from the regional East African Community urged Sunday.
Burundi president won't attend crisis summit: official 31.5.2015 World
Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza will not attend a summit of regional leaders in Tanzania on Sunday focusing on the crisis in his country, his spokesman said. "President Nkurunziza will not go to Dar es Salaam," Gervais Abahiro told AFP. "He will be represented there by his foreign ...
Term limits unlikely on agenda at Burundi crisis summit: experts 30.5.2015 World
East African leaders meet in Tanzania on Sunday for a summit on the political crisis in Burundi, though experts said the other nations were unlikely to raise the key issue: presidential term limits. The root cause of the tensions -- which have sparked weeks of civil unrest and a failed coup attempt -- is the controversial bid by Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza to seek a third consecutive term in ...
Burundi says elections will go ahead despite crisis 29.5.2015 World
Burundi's government insisted Friday that the first stage of controversial elections will go ahead next week despite the central African nation's ongoing political crisis. Interior Minister Edouard Nduwimana said that despite the withdrawal of support from the influential Catholic Church and the European Union, parliamentary polls will take place next Friday in "good conditions". "There isn't any electoral process that doesn't suffer from problems, in Burundi or any other ...
Burundi opposition says fair elections 'impossible' 28.5.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
Burundi's main opposition parties said it was now "impossible" to hold free and fair elections next week and that the result should not be recognised if they take place. The opposition said the plans for polls to go ahead despite widespread civil unrest in the capital was tantamount to an "electoral hold-up" by President Pierre Nkurunziza, whose controversial bid for a third consecutive term has plunged the central African nation into a deep political crisis. "The country has sunk into a political and security mess which in no way can allow for peaceful, transparent, free or credible elections," Burundi's main opposition parties said in a joint ...
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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