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Tanzanian Plane Impounded Yet Again

DW-TANZANIA.Tanzania has expressed its displeasure over her plane that has been impounded by Canadian authorities over a contentious debt of US$ 33. Speaking over the matter, Tanzania’s Foreign Affairs minister, Prof. Palamagamba Kabudi, threatened that the Tanzanian government would pull out its aircraft deals with Canada to protest the seizure. This is the second time Tanzania’s plane is being impounded over the said dispute. In August this year, another aircraft was impounded in South Africa’s Johannesburg airport during a scheduled flight. The same was released in September after a court reprieve. The latest seizure is a case by a South African farmer, Mr. Hermanus Steyn, who claims a balance of his compensation of US$ 13 million. The outstanding balance of US$13 million has accrued interest over the years and now stands at US$33 million. This dispute dates back to the 1980s, when Tanzania government nationalized Bean and Seed Farm, a privately-owned farm and paid US$ 20 million leaving the balance now being claimed. The Tanzanian government seized everything including equipment, 250 cars and 12 small …

“My life, My Purpose”-A Must Read

DW-TANZANIA.The recently launched book by the Former Head of state of Tanzania, H.E Benjamin Mkapa, is a bok worthy reading by everyone. The book, “My Life, My Purpose” was launched on November 12th, 2019 in Dar-es-Salaam in a ceremony attended by the other former heads of the state. The book is such an inspiration to many, especially the younger generations,  in molding them to become great leaders. The first 1000 copies that were airlifted to facilitate its launch was like a drop in the ocean as it sold out bearly a day after its launch. Mkuki na Nyota publishers’ operations manager, Mr. Bgoya, clarified that the sell-out of the first release does not mean the entire stock has been emptied. He, however, commented that another reason the book was in such high demand was that it was the first time ever in the country for a former president to write an autobiography. The people are looking for where to get the book as they are eager to read about the personal life of the third …

Peanut Butter Ban

Another Kenyan Peanut Butter Ban, Problem Still Persists

DW-Kenya.On November 4th, 2019, The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) suspended seven peanut butter brands after they were found to contain excess levels of aflatoxin. The suspended products included Nuteez by Jetlak Foods Limited, True nuts by Truenutz Kenya, Fressy by Fressy Food Company Limited, Supa Meal by Supacosm Products Limited, Sue’s Naturals by Nature’s Way Health, Zesta by Trufoods Limited, and Nutty by Nature Target Distributors. The Kenyan standards body, along with the ban, also suspended these companies’ permits which allow them to use the Standardisation mark. In a statement, KEBS assured that it would continue undertaking surveillance of the products at the factories and market to ensure the public was protected from harmful products. The manufacturers of the affected brands have been instructed to discontinue their manufacture and recall all the products from the market. The ban of peanut butter brands had a far-reaching impact, not only in the Kenyan market but also in the greater East African region. The said brands were also banned in Tanzania, Uganda, and Rwanda. The ban is …

Tanzania Divided Over Polls

DW-Tanzania.Trouble brews in Tanzania as the country prepares for her general election in 2020. With campaigns on for civic elections to be held this month, all eyes are on the Government on one side and the country’s opposition on the other. The opposition has, on the other hand, threatened to boycott the elections citing unfair disqualification of its candidates. At the same time, the government has affirmed that the elections will go on as scheduled citing most candidates were disqualified on technical grounds. With this standoff, which side will carry the day? Is Tanzania’s electoral democracy on the test? As the saying goes: Where there is smoke, there is fire! With the kind of outcry and threats by the opposition parties to boycott the civic elections scheduled for November 24, 2019, it is clear that there are electoral processes that undermine electoral democracy in Tanzania. According to “The Citizen”, some opposition parties and analysts have argued that failure to address the trends witnessed in preparations for the civic polls would set a dangerous precedent ahead …