By Our Reporter Tundu Lissu has been named as the main opposition candidate for Tanzania’s presidential election. Tanzania's main opposition, Chadema party, on Tuesday unanimously approved Tundu Lissu's candidacy for the October 28 general election, after he won a party vote. Heavyweight Lissu, a former Member of Parliament and Chadema's deputy chairman, was shot at 16 times in a 2017 assassination attempt, before he fled into exile. He returned to the East African country from exile last month and described Magufuli's handling of the Coronavirus pandemic as "a national embarrassment". Tanzania has not released official Coronavirus figures since late April, and unlike most African countries, it has taken no specific measures against the pandemic. Magufuli has repeatedly ass
By Our Reporter Economists and leading international Tobacco Harm Reduction experts, drawn from Africa and Europe, have stated that snus and tobacco-free nicotine pouches are ‘at least 90% safer than smoking cigaretted.’ “This figure is “most likely closer to 99 per cent when you account for the food grade standard to which some of the latest products are produced,” said Mr. Atakan Befrits, a Sweden-based Tobacco Harm Reduction policy advocacy and products regulation expert. Mr. Befrits, who is also the Chairman of the board of Trustees for New Nicotine Alliance Sweden and COO of International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organisations (INNCO), was one of the guest speakers at a webinar co-hosted by the Campaign for Safer Alternatives (CASA) and the Africa Tobacco Harm Reduction
By Our Reporter Several Burundian refugees who fled their country as a result of political persecution during fallen president Pierre Nkurunziza’s regime have called upon the current government to allow them return home. A letter written by a group of Burundian refugees living in a camp in Rwanda asks their president to cooperate with Rwanda and the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, to repatriate them. However, there is not yet an agreement between the two countries and the UNHCR on how to carry it out. More than 60,000 Burundian refugees have been living in Mahama camp, in eastern Rwanda, since the 2015 political crisis over the late former President Nkurunziza's bid for a third term. More than 300 Mahama residents signed the letter to their president accusing some exiled
By Our Reporter The family of former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Gen. Kale Kayihura is engulfed with grief following the demise of his mother, who passed way on Thursday morning. Catherine Tibemanya Mukarwano, who died aged 91 years, old, hailed from Kisoro District and was sister to the late Justice Joseph Mulenga. She was wife of late John Kalekezi, a senior police officer and vocal pan Africanist, who died in a plane crash in Kiev in 1960. A family member told this website that Catherine Tibemanya Mukarwano passed away Thursday morning, although the cause of her death was yet to be revealed. According to the family source, tentative funeral arrangements indicate that she will be laid to rest on Saturday in Kisoro District. Watch this space for details.
By Our Reporter Officials from the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) have revealed that there is a gorilla baby boom happening in Uganda, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak on the country’s tourism industry. One week after a man was sentenced to 11 years in jail for killing Rafiki, a beloved gorilla living in a Ugandan national park, two new baby gorillas have been discovered in the same park. The babies were born in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in July to separate groups of gorillas, and both families are comfortable in the presence of humans. The newborns are part of a "baby boom in the protected forest popular with tourists," reports The Associated Press. Two gorillas have been born in two separate groups of Mubare and Oruzogo in the same week. The bab
By Our Reporter Kenya’s world record holder Wilson Kipsang has been slapped with a four year ban from competitions after missing series of doping tests. A ruling published by the Athletics Integrity Unit on Friday states that the ex-marathon runner was found to have missed three tests. He failed to provide timely information on his whereabouts on a fourth occasion, in 2018 and 2019. Kipsang won bronze in the marathon at the 2012 London Olympic. He broke the world record the following year in Berlin. The athlete held the record until Dennis Kimetto bettered his time the year after. Kipsang has won the New York and Tokyo Marathons and won the London Marathon twice.
By Our Reporter Egypt withdrew from the Nile dam talks scheduled for today with Ethiopia, claiming that the proposal put forth by the nation lacked regulations on dam operations and any legal mechanism for settling disputes. Sudan also threatened to step out in rejection of the idea of sharing Bule Nile waters. Both nations have demanded that talks be suspended for internal consultations on the proposal terms, which goes against the previous agreement during the African Union summit. Egypt and Sudan invoke a "historic right" over the river put in place by treaties established in 1929 and 1959. Ethiopia, on the other hand, refers to a treaty signed in 2010 - boycotted by Egypt and Sudan, but signed by six riverside countries which authorised irrigation projects and dams on...