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Are democratic reforms at risk in Tanzania? (Al Jazeera)

Al Jazeera writes: Tanzania’s main opposition party is demanding answers after police arrested its leader. Freeman Mbowe and at least 10 other Chadema party members were detained during a night raid on Wednesday. Police accuse Mbowe of conspiracy to commit “terrorist” acts and kill government officials. But human rights groups denounced the arrest as a crackdown on democracy. President Samia Suluhu Hassan had promised to defend basic freedoms when she took power four months ago, after the death of her predecessor John Magufuli. What will the detentions mean for democratic reforms?

go to Al Jazeera: Are democratic reforms at risk in Tanzania? | Tanzania News | Al Jazeera

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(Tanzania) Tanzanian Opposition Leader, Supporters Arrested (HRW)

Oryem Nyeko writes for HRW: On Wednesday morning, police in Mwanza, in northern Tanzaniasurrounded the hotel occupied by members of the country’s main opposition party, Chadema, and arrested 11 party members, including the party chairman, Freeman Mbowe. While the other party members are detained without charge in the Mwanza central police station, the police took Mbowe 1,200 kilometers away to Dar es Salaam where they conducted a search of his home, according to the party’s spokesperson.

go to HRW: Tanzanian Opposition Leader, Supporters Arrested | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

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(Tanzania) Tanzania’s Chadema party says leader Freeman Mbowe arrested (Al Jazeera)

Al Jazeera writes: Tanzania’s main opposition party Chadema has said its leader and other members were arrested before a planned conference to demand constitutional reforms. Freeman Mbowe and 10 Chadema members were rounded up overnight in the northwestern port city of Mwanza, the party said on Twitter early on Wednesday.

go to Al Jazeera website: Tanzania’s Chadema party says leader Freeman Mbowe arrested | Tanzania News | Al Jazeera

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Tanzania – Tanzania sees only glimpses of change by new president (Fergus Kell, Sammy Awami, Chatham House)

As the first 100 days pass since Samia Suluhu Hassan was unexpectedly propelled to Tanzania’s presidency, her less combative style of leadership compared to predecessor John Magufuli is raising expectations of policy change and a reopening of civic space – but how much she is prepared to truly transform the country remains in doubt.

Tanzania sees only glimpses of change by new president | Chatham House – International Affairs Think Tank

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Tanzania – Tanzanian communities unite to tackle the growing risk of floods (John Morton, Nyambiri Kimacha, World Bank blogs)

It is mid-October in Dar es Salaam, and it has been pouring rain for hours. Halima, her children, and her neighbors are worried because their neighborhood is beginning to flood, just like in every rainy season. They live in Jangwani, one of the Wards near the city center and one of the city’s most flood-prone areas. As the flooding increases, Halima must make the difficult decision to evacuate her home; she is unsure where to go. While friends and families have accommodated her in the past, it has not been easy.

Tanzanian communities unite to tackle the growing risk of floods (worldbank.org)

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Tanzania – Discrimination in Tanzania’s Schools Ruining Girls’ Lives (Agnes Odhiambo, HRW)

Tanzania’s first woman president, Samia Suluhu, took office in March 2021. Her administration has the opportunity to call on education authorities to end the exclusion of pregnant and married girls from public schools. She should urge them to adopt a clear human rights-compliant continuation policy that would allow pregnant and married girls to continue with formal education by remaining in school so they can succeed in their studies.

Discrimination in Tanzania’s Schools Ruining Girls’ Lives | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

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(Tanzania) The complex legacy of Tanzania’s John Magufuli (Al Jazeera)

The late president has left behind a nation divided in its memory of a leader who was simultaneously revered and loathed.
https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2021/3/29/tanzania-remembering-john-magufulis-legacy
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(Tanzania) Tanzania Gets Second Chance to Confront Magufuli Legacy (Chatham House)

Fergus Kell

President Samia Suluhu Hassan must grant citizens an open and honest appraisal of Magufuli’s leadership, something denied to them in his re-election victory.

https://www.chathamhouse.org/2021/03/tanzania-gets-second-chance-confront-magufuli-legacy

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(Tanzania) Profile: Samia Suluhu Hassan, Tanzania’s new president (Al Jazeera)

Tanzania’s soft-spoken vice president sworn in as the East African country’s first female president after the death of John Magufuli.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/3/19/tanzanias-hassan-quiet-achiever-who-wants-to-get-things-done

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