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Dar Es Salam, May 23, 2020 Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said on Saturday that the east African nation will start engaging in massive cultivation of oil palm from October to end importation of edible oils.

A statement by the Prime Minister’s office, issued in Kigoma region after Majaliwa had inspected oil palm seedlings nursery, said the premier told oil palm farmers in the region to get prepared for massive cultivation of the crop.

The seedling nursery is owned by Bulombora National Service, an affiliate of Tanzania People’s Defence Forces.

“Massive cultivation of oil palm starts in October.

“Each farmer, be individuals or cooperative farming groups will be provided with free seedlings across the region,’’ said Majaliwa.

The statement said the Prime Minister said 1.8 million oil palm seedlings have already been grown for distribution to farmers.

He added that Tanzania looked forward to end imports of edible oils.

In February, 2019, Majaliwa announced that the government had set aside $4.3 million to boost cultivation of oil palm as part of its strategy to ending importation of edible oils.

The Kigoma region accounts for more than 80 per cent of the palm oil production in the country and has the potential to make Tanzania one of the world’s leading producers and exporters of palm oil due to its soils and weather.

Tanzania imports almost half of its total edible oils despite having a vast and promising production potential in palm oil and sunflower sub-sectors.

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Tanzanian police kill 7 suspected armed gangsters in business capital

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Tanzanian police killed seven suspected armed gangsters in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam after their robbery attempt became abortive, a senior police officer said on Monday.

The suspected gangsters were killed at midnight on Sunday as they planned to raid a warehouse for construction materials in the business capital, said Lazaro Mambosasa, the Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander.

“Acting on intelligence reports, a special anti-crime police task force trailed a vehicle in which the suspected bandits were driving towards Mwenge area,” Mambosasa told a news conference.

He said when the suspected gangsters realized that they were being followed by the police they started firing at the law enforcers who fired back killing the suspects on the spot.

“When police searched the vehicle used by the suspects they found a pistol with three rounds of ammunition, two gas cylinders, machetes, a mobile telephone and a rope,” said Mambosasa.

He said the gas cylinders were to be used for breaking into the warehouse.

On May 11, police gunned down four suspected armed robbers after an exchange of fire in the east African nation’s western region of Kigoma.

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Tanzania PM urges farmers to get ready for massive oil palm cultivation

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Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said on Saturday that the east African nation will start engaging in massive cultivation of oil palm from October to end importation of edible oils.

A statement by the Prime Minister’s office issued in Kigoma region after Majaliwa had inspected oil palm seedlings nursery owned by Bulombora National Service, an affiliate of Tanzania People’s Defense Forces, said the premier told oil palm farmers in the region to get prepared for massive cultivation of the crop.

“Massive cultivation of oil palm starts in October. Each farmer, be individuals or cooperative farming groups will be provided with free-of-charge seedlings across the region,” said Majaliwa.

The statement said the Prime Minister said 1.8 million oil palm seedlings have already been grown for distribution to farmers, adding that Tanzania looked forward to end imports of edible oils.

In February, 2019, Majaliwa announced that the government had set aside 4.3 million U.S. dollars to boost cultivation of oil palm as part of its strategy to ending importation of edible oils.

The Kigoma region accounts for more than 80 percent of the palm oil produced in the country and has the potential to make Tanzania one of the world‘s leading producers and exporters of palm oil due to its soils and weather.

Tanzania imports almost half of its total edible oils despite having a vast and promising production potential in palm oil and sunflower sub-sectors.

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Tanzania, Kenya resolve dispute over COVID-19 tests for cross-border truck drivers

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Tanzania and Kenya on Friday resolved a dispute over COVID-19 tests for truck drivers crossing the border, facilitating trade between the two East African countries.

The dispute, which had been ongoing for quite some time, was resolved by ministers responsible for transport from the two countries at the end of their one-day meeting at the Namanga border post, said a communique released at the end of the meeting.

The meeting followed a directive on Wednesday by heads of state of Tanzania and Kenya to ministers responsible for transport and commissioners of border regions to resolve the dispute to facilitate trade between the two countries.

According to the communique, the ministers agreed that truck drivers from both sides will be tested for COVID-19 before commencement of their journeys at the point of origin using standards set by the World Health Organization.

The two countries agreed that tested truck drivers should be issued with a 14-day COVID-19 free certificate by competent authorities, which should be mutually recognized by the two countries, said the communique.

The communique said the two countries also agreed that each country should create conducive places where the truck drivers can stop for a rest, adding that such places should be equipped with necessary amenities.

They further agreed that the two countries should undertake random COVID-19 screening at the designated resting places, said the communique, adding that the screening should be done in a transparent manner.

According to the communique, the two countries agreed that in case of one of the truck crew being found to be at high risk of COVID-19, the owner of the truck will be allowed to replace all the crew and the truck allowed to proceed.

It said the two countries agreed to release to the public data on the status of COVID-19 without mentioning the nationality of the infected.

Tanzania was represented by Minister for Works, Transport and Communication Isack Kamwelwe, while Kenya was represented by Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works James Macharia.

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Tanzania releases over 27 mln USD education loans as colleges to reopen

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Tanzania’s Higher Education Students’ Loans Board (HESLB) announced on Thursday it has released education loans to the tune of 63.7 billion Tanzanian shillings (about 27.5 million U.S. dollars) following President John Magufuli’s announcement that universities will reopen on June 1.

A statement by HESLB said the released amount will be loaned to students for meals and accommodation for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Earlier on Thursday, President John Magufuli announced the reopening of universities on June 1 after what he described as a drop in COVID-19 infection cases.

Magufuli ordered the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Finance and Planning to make preparations for the reopening of the universities, including the release of education loans.

HESLB said in the statement that the loans will be availed to beneficiaries in respective universities by May 28.

Meanwhile, said the statement, HESLB was in final touches of releasing education loans of 59.1 billion Tanzanian shillings for students in 70 higher education institutions in the country.

During the 2019-2020 academic year, the government will release higher education loans to the tune of 450 billion shillings to 132,119 students in universities, said the statement.

Prime minister Kassim Majaliwa announced the shutdown of universities on March 18 following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the east African nation.

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Tanzania to reopen universities, resume sports

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Tanzanian President John Magufuli announced on Thursday the reopening of universities on June 1 after what he described as a drop in COVID-19 infection cases.

Speaking after he had sworn in officials he had appointed recently at an event broadcast live by state-run Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation from Chamwino State House in the capital Dodoma, Magufuli ordered the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Finance and Planning to make preparations for the reopening of the universities, including the release of education loans.

He said Form Six students should also go back to school on June 1 and directed the Ministry of Education to arrange a program that will prepare them for their examinations which were earlier planned to start on May 4.

COVID-19 should not delay the Form Six students from sitting for their examinations,” said Magufuli adding that the government was monitoring the trend of the COVID-19 pandemic before it reopened primary and secondary schools.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa announced the shutdown of schools and universities on March 17 and March 18, respectively, following the outbreak of the virus in the east African nation.

Magufuli said the reopening of the universities was based on the fact that university students were grown-ups who could follow COVID-19 prevention and protection guidelines given by relevant authorities.

He also announced resumption of sports events from June 1 saying sporting also helped in the fight against COVID-19, urging responsible ministries to make preparations.

He also announced that international flights will start ferrying tourists to Tanzania on May 27, adding that tourists visiting the country will not be in quarantine.

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Tanzania scraps 14-day mandatory quarantine rule for incoming travellers

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Tanzania released a travel advisory on Monday saying there will be no more 14-day mandatory quarantine for incoming travellers as previously required.

According to the travel advisory signed by Tanzanian Minister of Health Ummy Mwalimu, all travellers including foreigners or returning residents entering or leaving Tanzania will be subjected to enhanced screening for COVID-19 infection.

According to the advisory, all international travellers should observe adherence to infection prevention and control measures such as hand washing, wearing face masks and keeping physical distancing.

All travellers were required to truthfully fill out traveller’s surveillance form available onboard or in any other transport means and submit to port health authorities upon arrival, said the advisory.

It added that all arriving and departing conveyances must provide advance passenger information so as to allow the points of entry authorities to scrutinize the manifest for possible high-risk passengers.

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Tanzania to dissolve parliament on June 19: speaker

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Tanzania will dissolve parliament on June 19, the country’s Speaker of Parliament Job Ndugai announced in the country’s capital Dodoma on Monday.

He said the east African nation’s budget will be tabled on June 11, the same date when other East African Community (EAC) member states of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and South Sudan will table their budgets.

Burundi, also member of the EAC, will not table its national budget because the country is under campaigns for the forthcoming elections.

Ndugai said the date of tabling national budgets for the five EAC member states was set after EAC finance ministers agreed that June 11 was the most suitable date for all the five countries.

Tanzania is scheduled to conduct its general elections in October 2020 to elect the president, members of parliament and councilors.

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Tanzania reopens skies for int’l passenger flights

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Tanzanian authorities on Monday announced the reopening of its skies for international passenger flights.

Isack Kamwelwe, the Minister for Works, Transport and Communications, said in a statement that the reopening of the east African skies for passenger flight was effective from Monday.

Kamwelwe said business, humanitarian, diplomatic, emergency and other special flights were allowed to land, take off and fly across the country’s skies as it was before.

He said the opening of the skies followed an announcement by President John Magufuli on Sunday that the number of COVID-19 infections has been dropping citing statistics from health centers treating COVID-19 patients across the country.

Kamwelwe directed the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) to inform the International Civil Aviation Organization about the decisions made by the government.

He also directed the Tanzania Airports Authority and the Kilimanjaro Airport Development Company Limited to ensure that they provided services to flights landing in the country in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children.

Kamwelwe also directed the national carrier Air Tanzania Company Limited to make arrangements for resuming its international flights to various countries.

On April 12, TCAA announced suspension of international passenger flights to the eastern African nation over the COVID-19 pandemic.

TCAA said cargo flights will be allowed but crew members will be quarantined at designated places by the government at their own costs for the duration of their stay.

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11 killed by torrential rains in eastern Tanzania – Police

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Dar Es Salaam, May 16, 2020 At least 11 people, including four from the same family, have been killed by torrential rains in Tanzania’s eastern region of Morogoro, the Police said on Saturday.

Wilbroad Mutafungwa, the Morogoro Regional Police Commander, said the four members of the same family were killed on Friday night after a landslide from nearby mountains pushed down walls of their house.

“The walls fell on the victims, including a five-year-old child,’’ he told a news conference in Morogoro, adding that the grisly incident occurred in Matombo ward.

Mutafungwa said another seven people, including five children, were also killed on Friday night after flash floods from Uluguru Mountains swept them away.

He added that the victims were living on the slopes of the mountains.

He urged the public to be extra vigilant as heavy rains continued to pound in different parts of the region referred to as a breadbasket.

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Kenya closes borders with Somalia, Tanzania to curb COVID-19 spread

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President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenyan, on Saturday, closed the country’s borders with Somalia and Tanzania effective midnight as part of measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease.

Kenyatta banned the movement of persons in and out of Kenya through the Tanzania and Somalia borders for 21 days, following the rise of cross-border COVID-19 transmission.

“In the last week, we have witnessed increased imported cases among individuals crossing into the country through our borders.

“These areas have become areas of grave concern,’’ Kenyatta told the nation in a televised news conference in Nairobi.

He said all drivers of the cargo vehicles shall be subjected to mandatory COVID-19 disease testing and will only be granted entry into the Kenyan territory if they test negative.

The president said 43 cases recorded in the country over the past week had been imported from the neighbouring Somalia and Tanzania.

“These 43 cases represent almost a quarter of the 166 confirmed infections during this last week,’’ said Kenyatta.

He said that 78 truck drivers, who were foreign nationals, tested positive for COVID-19 and were denied entry into Kenya at different border crossings.

“If we had not undertaken this intervention, the imported cases through our borders would have today accounted for more than 50 per cent of the week’s infections,’’ he said.

The East African nation has so far recorded 830 cases, 50 deaths and 301 recoveries.

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Kenya closes borders with Somalia, Tanzania to curb COVID-19 spread

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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday closed the country’s borders with Somalia and Tanzania effective midnight as part of measures to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Kenyatta banned the movement of persons and passengers in and out of Kenya through the Tanzania and Somalia borders for 21 days following the rise of cross-border COVID-19 transmission.

“In the last week, we have witnessed increased imported cases among individuals crossing into the country through our borders. These areas have become areas of grave concern,” Kenyatta told the nation in a televised news conference in Nairobi.

He said all drivers of the cargo vehicles shall be subjected to mandatory COVID-19 disease testing and will only be granted entry into the Kenyan territory if they test negative.

The president said a total of 43 cases recorded in the country over the past week had been imported from the neighboring Somalia and Tanzania.

“These 43 cases represent almost a quarter of the 166 confirmed infections during this last week,” said Kenyatta.

He said that 78 truck drivers who were foreign nationals tested positive for COVID-19 and were denied entry into Kenya at different border crossings.

“If we had not undertaken this intervention, the imported cases through our borders would have today accounted for more than 50 percent of the week’s infections,” he said.

The East African nation has so far recorded 830 cases, 50 deaths and 301 recoveries.

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China donates medical supplies to help Tanzania fight COVID-19

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The Chinese embassy in Tanzania on Friday handed over the first batch of anti-epidemic supplies donated by the Chinese government to help the east African nation fight COVID-19. The supplies include 2,000 N95 protective masks for medical use, 10,000 surgical masks, 10,000 surgical gloves, 10,000 medical isolation shoe covers, 2,000 pieces of protective clothing, 2,000 medical protective goggles and 500 infrared thermometers.

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Tanzania calls for mass production of protective equipment to tackle COVID-19

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Tanzanian health authorities on Wednesday appealed to local industrialists in the country to embark on mass production of protective supplies against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

Ummy Mwalimu, the Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, said locally produced protective facilities will help the government to reduce the amount of money it was spending to import the facilities, including personal protective equipment.

A statement issued by the ministry said Mwalimu made the appeal in a meeting with members of the Tanzania medicines and medical devices authorities to deliberate ways and means of embarking on mass production of the supplies.

She said industrialists who have already started producing the medical facilities should increase their manufacturing capacities because there was huge demand of the facilities.

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Tanzania imports 25,000 tonnes of sugar to offset shortage: minister

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Tanzania has imported 25,000 tonnes of sugar to offset an acute shortage of the commodity being experienced throughout the country, a cabinet minister told parliament on Tuesday.

“About 4,000 tonnes of the imported sugar have already arrived in the Dar es Salaam,” Japhet Hasunga, the Minister for Agriculture, told the House in the capital Dodoma.

He said another 21,000 tonnes of imported sugar will arrive in the country at the end of this month.

Tabling his ministry’s budget proposals for the 2020-2021 financial year, Hasunga said the delay in delivery of the imports had been caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 that forced vessels to cancel their shipment plans.

On April 24, the government announced indicative prices of the commodity after prices had gone up for the past one month.

The rise in sugar prices was allegedly attributed to traders who had hoarded the commodity in warehouses to create an artificial shortage.

On April 23, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa ordered district and regional commissioners to make sure that they conducted routine checks in markets and ensure that no one hiked prices of the commodity.

Hasunga said Tanzania’s sugar demand stood at 470,000 tonnes a year, while the country’s five sugar processing factories had the capacity of producing 378,000 tonnes in 2019.

He said the capacity could not be reached due to a number of factors, including breakdowns at some processing lines as well as heavy and prolonged rains which diluted sugarcane sucrose levels.

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Tanzania’s central bank approves measures to reduce effects of COVID-19 pandemic

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The Bank of Tanzania (BoT) has approved various measures aimed at cushioning the economy from adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the central bank said in a statement on Tuesday.

The statement signed by BoT Governor Florens Luoga said BoT lowered the statutory minimum reserves requirement from 7 percent to 6 percent with effect from June 8, 2020.

“This measure is expected to provide additional liquidity to banks,” said the statement.

Another measure, added the statement, is reduction of the discount rate from 7 percent to 5 percent with effect from May 12, 2020, providing an additional space for banks to borrow from the central bank at a lower cost, thus signaling lower lending rates by banks.

The statement said the central bank approved the measures after a thorough assessment of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on various sectors.

“The aim of the measures is to safeguard the financial sector stability and continue facilitating the financial intermediation process,” said the statement.

The statement said banks and financial institutions should thoroughly assess financial difficulties experienced by borrowers due to COVID-19 in respect of loan repayment and discuss on the possibility of restructuring of the loans.

Mobile money operators should increase daily transaction limit to customers from three million Tanzanian shillings (about 1,296 U.S. dollars) to five million shillings, said the statement.

“This measure will encourage customers to use digital payment platforms for transactions, thereby reducing congestion in banking premises,” said the statement.

According to the statement, the central bank assured the general public that the country has adequate foreign exchange reserves for importation of goods and services.

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Tanzanian police gun down 4 suspected armed robbers

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Tanzanian police on Monday gunned down four suspected armed robbers after an exchange of fire in the east African nation’s western region of Kigoma.

Martin Otieno, the Kigoma regional police commander, said the four killed suspected bandits were among eight of them who had planned to waylay a bus at Mvugwe village along the Kasulu-Kibondo districts road.

In addition, police recovered a military firearm loaded with 13 rounds of ammunition, he said, and another 40 rounds of ammunition and two machetes were found in a plastic bag.

“The armed robbers planned to waylay the bus at 6 a.m. (03:00 GMT) but police acted promptly to intercept them,” Otieno told a news conference on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.

“The bandits started firing after they had realized that they were being hunted by police. In the course of the fire exchange police managed to kill four out of the eight bandits,” said Otieno.

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Kenya shuts livestock markets along borders with Somalia, Tanzania

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Kenya’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives on Friday closed open-air livestock markets along the borders with Somalia and Tanzania to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Anne Nyaga, chief administrative secretary for agriculture, said the open-air markets would remain closed indefinitely in order to boost containment measures against the disease.

“Prudent supervision and compliance to the set market protocols by stakeholders has remained a concern in the continued operation of livestock markets,’’ Nyaga told newsmen in Nairobi.

Nyaga said the decision to shut the markets was informed by realisation that all the nine COVID-19 cases that have so far tested positive in Wajir County in north-eastern Kenya were imported from Somalia.

She urged livestock traders to adhere to COVID-19 protocols for livestock markets that include social distancing, hand washing and wearing of face mask.

“We have noted that despite being sensitised, stakeholders are too slow to adhere to measures that have been put in place, hence the closure,’’ Nyaga said.

She said that the markets would have to prove beyond reasonable doubt that they have the capacity to enforce the protocols and ensure full compliance before reopening.

Nyaga said that the closure did not affect slaughterhouses in the areas and that the supply of meat would continue uninterrupted.

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Kenya shuts livestock markets along borders with Somalia, Tanzania

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Kenya’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock Fisheries and Cooperatives on Friday closed open-air livestock markets along the borders with Somalia and Tanzania to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Anne Nyaga, chief administrative secretary for agriculture, said the open-air markets will remain closed indefinitely in order to boost containment measures against the disease.

“Prudent supervision and compliance to the set market protocols by stakeholders has remained a concern in the continued operation of livestock markets,” Nyaga told reporters in Nairobi.

Nyaga said the decision to shut the markets was informed by realization that all the nine COVID-19 cases that have so far tested positive in Wajir County in northeastern Kenya were imported from Somalia.

She urged livestock traders to adhere to COVID-19 protocols for livestock markets that include social distancing, hand washing and wearing of face mask.

“We have noted that despite being sensitized, stakeholders are too slow to adhere to measures that have been put in place, hence the closure,” said Nyaga.

She said that the markets will have to prove beyond reasonable doubt that they have the capacity to enforce the protocols and ensure full compliance before reopening.

Nyaga said that the closure does not affect slaughterhouses in the areas and that the supply of meat will continue uninterrupted.

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WHO rejects Tanzania claim about faulty coronavirus tests 

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Dar es Salaam, May 7, 2020  The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday rejected claims by Tanzanian President John Magufuli that coronavirus tests in his country had been faulty.

WHO Africa director Matshidiso Moeti rejected the claim at a media briefing.

“We are convinced that the tests … are not contaminated with the virus.

“We are not in agreement with (Magufuli’s) point of view,” Moeti said.

This is coming after Magufuli said on Sunday that Tanzania’s COVID-19 test kits had been defective, as they had provided positive results after tests from a goat and a pawpaw fruit had been submitted.

Dr John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control (CDC), said Tanzania was using test kits supplied by the Africa CDC in collaboration with the Chinese Jack Ma Foundation, which met international standards.

“Tanzania is using the same test that everyone is using,” Nkengasong said, noting that it was improbable the tests were faulty.

Meanwhile, Tanzania has suspended the director and quality control manager of its national laboratory pending an investigation after the allegedly faulty results.

Tanzania’s Health Ministry made this known in a statement.

Magufuli’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has received much criticism, as the East African nation has implemented only few and measures to curb the spread of the virus.

Social distancing is hardly practiced in Tanzania, where mosques and churches remain open.

Magufuli has also suggested praying and herbal steam baths could help prevent infection.

The East African nation has reported 480 coronavirus cases so far.

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UN refugee agency says no COVID-19 outbreak in Tanzania’s camps

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Dar es Salaam, May 6, 2020 The UN Refugee Agency, on Wednesday, said there was currently no suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 infections in any of the refugee camps in Tanzania’s western region of Kigoma.

“However, preventive measures have been adopted in line with guidelines from Kigoma regional authorities,’’ the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Dar es Salaam told Xinhua in an email.

According to UNHCR’s latest statistics, Kigoma region’s Mtendeli, Nyarugusu and Nduta refugee camps are sheltering over 200,000 refugees from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The UNHCR said in a statement that preparations were also underway with guidance from the regional health authorities and the World Health Organisation in case any suspected or confirmed case will be reported in the refugee camps.

The statement said the management of the refugee operation, in the context of COVID-19 pandemic, has meant closer cooperation with Kigoma regional commissioner’s office, the Kigoma regional medical officer and the Ministry of Health.

It added that the intention was to reinforce the core role of the government as a priority area, given not only the huge number of refugees, but also the very porous borders with the DRC and Burundi.

“There has also been adjustment of the refugee operations to reduce the exposure of the UN, non-governmental organisations and government staff to refugees while maintaining presence and essential services,’’ it said.

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