• What is Magufuli hiding about Acacia?

    What is Magufuli hiding about Acacia?0

    “Currently no one knows the secrets of this country than I do” –President John Magufuli The government of Tanzania is about to start negotiations with Barrick Gold Corporation. With a stake of 63.9 per cent in Acacia Mining PLC, the stakes are high for the Canadian multinational. In March 2017 President Magufuli suspended the shipping

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  • The Costs and Casualties of Magufuli’s Mineral War

    The Costs and Casualties of Magufuli’s Mineral War0

    “This economic warfare requires enough sacrifice” – President John Magufuli President Magufuli has declared that Tanzania is in economic warfare. This is a protracted struggle to protect our natural resources from plunder. Minerals are at the heart of this battle. Of course, we have not yet experienced a ‘mineral war’ like the one in the

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  • Recapturing the State and Mineral Rights in Tanzania

    Recapturing the State and Mineral Rights in Tanzania0

    “[I]f they say that there is a lot of gold here…the obvious thing is that Tanganyika will be rich and there will be no more loans…” – Ali Saidi Mtaki, Parliamentary Hansard: 7 June 1962 President John Magufuli has recaptured the attention of the international media. “Shares in London-listed Acacia Mining”, Reuters observes, “were set

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  • Tanzania: Political Implications of Appointing Prof. Mkumbo

    Tanzania: Political Implications of Appointing Prof. Mkumbo0

    “I once said I miss Chadema [of] Zitto/Mbowe/Slaa/Lissu/Mnyika/Mdee [of] 2010…when I could proudly say we have a strong opposition in Tanzania”– Carol Ndosi, 19 October 2015 Politics changes. So do politicians. Hence we must not freeze political perspectives in the past. However, the past demands attention. This is why no wonder the decision of the

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  • Bright or Bleak Future for the Opposition in Tanzania?

    Bright or Bleak Future for the Opposition in Tanzania?0

    “Indeed all dictatorships are basically weak; because the means they apply in governance make them inherently unstable” – Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Tanzanians appear united about the positive outcomes of the postponement of nationwide marches that were slated for September 1st. It diffused the political tension that reached its peak with arrests of some politicians. However,

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  • Can Magufuli Control His State Apparatuses?

    Can Magufuli Control His State Apparatuses?0

    “There is no such thing as a purely repressive apparatus” – Louis Althusser I am scared. What my President said in Singida has left me with goose pimples. The Citizen has not helped with this headline: ‘Magufuli relaxes political rally ban, warns Chadema.’ Nor Daily News with ‘JPM Advises CHADEMA to drop defiance day move.’

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  • Will the People of Magufuli Eat Boils?0

    “Let them eat cake” – Marie Antoinette The presidential honeymoon is not yet over. President Magufuli is still enjoying the popularity he has earned in his holy war on grand corruption. Christened “bursting the boils”, this crusade is however raising eyebrows among champions of the rule of law. Such criticisms, or rather critiques, have not

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  • What Would Populist Tanzanians Do?

    What Would Populist Tanzanians Do?0

    “I’m not a mad man or a dictator” – President Magufuli By now, after 100 days in office as the President of Tanzania, we can safely say we have an idea of ‘what would Magufuli do (next)?‘ The question, then, is do we know what would Tanzanians do? Or more precisely, what would the populist

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  • Where does Magufuli stand on tough editorials?

    Where does Magufuli stand on tough editorials?0

    Tanzania’s new president, John Pombe Magufuli has been doing a lot of things our [African] leaders don’t usually do. In the less than three months he has been president, Magufuli has nipped several expensive but irrelevant projects in the bud and redirecting the money to more important matters. Many of us are hoping that the

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  • Fiscal Discipline and Integrity of Tanzania Leaders

    Fiscal Discipline and Integrity of Tanzania Leaders0

    History has a funny way of repeating itself over and over again. The speedy intervention of President John Magufuli on the financial sector has even left some of our leftist intellectuals awed. It is as if the first president of Tanzania, Julius Mwalimu Nyerere, has returned. The times have changed. But the challenges are more

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