• 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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  • The Politics of Good Cops and Bad Cops in Tanzania

    The Politics of Good Cops and Bad Cops in Tanzania0

    “Each day is a day of decision and our decisions determine our destiny!” – Tanzania’s Minister of Information The presidential honeymoon is effectively over in Tanzania. A chorus from seemingly disparate quarters is now questioning the President for protecting a public official who appears to trump the rule of law. Yet the Presidency is holding

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  • A Re(turn) to Self-Censorship

    A Re(turn) to Self-Censorship1

    “For if they do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?” – Jesus of Nazareth This blogger is about to close up shop. After ten years of exercising his constitutional right to freedom of expression by blogging, he no longer feels safe. Self-censorship, it seems, is now the

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  • Magufuli and The Politics Of Information Sharing

    Magufuli and The Politics Of Information Sharing0

    On November 20, 2016 the President of Tanzania, Dr. John Magufuli, sacked the chair of the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) Board, Bernard Mchomvu. According to The Citizen, the “sacking was announced through a State House statement, which, however, did not specify the reasons for his removal.” The ‘rumor mills’ in a city that was once

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  • What Would Mwalimu Nyerere Do?

    What Would Mwalimu Nyerere Do?0

    “No nation has the right to make decisions for another nation; no people for another people” – Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere What would Mwalimu Nyerere do? Barely a fortnight after commemorating Nyerere Day, the government of Tanzania is about to host the King of Morocco. This is a glaring foreign policy shift from a country

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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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  • Will Africa Miss The Obamas?

    Will Africa Miss The Obamas?1

    The Obama`s are getting ready to pack their bags to move out of the White House as Barack Obama is near the end of his journey as President of America. He has been in the White House for seven years and has made four state visits to the continent of Africa. The question is, will

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