Chart #35: Chinese influence in Tanzania

The increasing presence and influence of China in Africa is controversial to some. But not, it seems, to Tanzanians. New data from the latest round of Afrobarometer surveys has just been released, with some analysis (pdf) of how Tanzanians perceive Chinese influence.

I have four charts for you. First, how influential do Tanzanians think China actually is, compared to other countries / institutions?

Continue reading

But how will CCM really make it’s choice?

A couple of weeks ago, I asked how CCM will choose it’s 2015 presidential candidate, and explained the key stages of the formal decision making process. But the same question could be answered a very different way, as several noted: how will this small electorate decide who to give their support to?

There are many competing factors for to take into account, so I have enlisted some help from Tanzania’s excellent newspaper cartoonists.

Let’s start with the cartoons: Continue reading

Tanzania Albinism Society calls for public demonstration on March 2 – #StopAlbinoKillings

stop albino killings

Following the recent attacks on two young children with albinism, the latest in a long series of attacks, the Tanzania Albinism Society has called a public demonstration in Dar es Salaam on March 2. The following information is translated from the Facebook page of Zitto Kabwe, citing Mohammed Chanzi, deputy secretary of TAS. The original Swahili is pasted below.

Date of Demonstration: Monday March 2, 2015.

Meeting point: Ocean Road Hospital grounds (behind the hospital on the side facing the ocean, just off Barack Obama Drive).

Meeting time: 2pm

Recommended clothing: black clothes / black t-shirt

Main goal: To deliver a message to the President in connection with the sadness that has struck Tanzanians on the sudden increase of murders of people with albinism. It is our collective responsibility to stand up for and protect the rights and life of our fellows. The demonstration has been authorised by the Dar es Salaam Special Police Zone, and is a peaceful demonstration.

Invited participants: We beg for all community, government and non-governmental organisations, activists, those who like peace and human rights defenders to join us in this demonstration, from Ocean Road to Ikulu (State House), along Luthuli Road.

This is relevant to all of us in society, Tanzanians. Tell your colleagues and friends, come to join those who are fighting for the lives of others.

Continue reading

5-3-1 Go! How CCM will choose their 2015 presidential candidate

Source: The (Tz) Guardian, 10/2/2015

Source: The (Tz) Guardian, 10/2/2015

Tanzania will have a new president later this year – the elections are set for October. But arguably the key moment will come earlier, when CCM selects it’s candidate. Despite the growth in support for opposition parties, the chance of any other party’s candidate winning in October remains low.

So how will CCM make its choice? I looked around for a clear explanation of the process, but couldn’t find one. So I decided to put it together myself – based on the party’s constitution (I would provide a link, but the CCM website is currently down) and discussions with some of the key actors. It may also be useful to others, so I have decided to share it here. Continue reading

Chart #34 – How much do public institutions owe the Dar water utility, Dawasco?

The Guardian, 8/2/15, via

The Guardian, 8/2/15, via

A quick, simple chart this time. An article on the front page of Sunday’s Guardian newspaper reported on the amounts owed by various government institutions to Dawasco, the troubled public water supply utility serving Dar es Salaam.

It’s an issue that’s been talked about for a long time – at least as long as I’ve been following Tanzania’s water sector (since 2006). But it’s usually been dealt with behind the scenes, and rarely had numbers attached to particular institutions.

So what do the numbers say?

Continue reading

Public Seminar – Tanzania: A new constitution? – London, 28/2/2015

graphic from The East African

Graphic from The East African

The Britain-Tanzania Society and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) are organising what promises to be a fascinating seminar on the proposed new constitution for Tanzania, in London. The text below is taken from the event flyer, and key details are as follows:

  • Saturday 28 February 2015 – 2.00-5.00pm
  • In the Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
  • Co-organised by the Britain-Tanzania Society (BTS) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Continue reading

On police brutality and the need for journalists to have “risk insurance”

Presidents Gauck and Kikwete, photo from Deutsche Welle

Presidents Gauck and Kikwete, photo from Deutsche Welle

I have several short extracts from today’s media for you.

First, from Deutche Welle, quoting German President Joachim Gauck, who is visiting Tanzania this week:

“What did our German forefathers see and feel, what hymns did they sing, when they first arrived in this place in the days of the Kaiser.” He was referring to the founding the colony of German East Africa.

I suppose it is a compliment, but colonial nostalgia is probably not the best way to win local popularity .

Now, lets turn to related, but more substantive matters. From Mtanzania:

President Gauck showered Tanzania in praise for how the country follows the rule of law, freedom of the press and protection of human rights.

He said he was satisfied with how Tanzania respects human rights and the pace of dealing with the problem of corruption. (1)

Continue reading