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The Chanzo Morning Briefing – September 11, 2021.

In our briefing today: Ndugai swears in former SADC boss Stargomena Tax as MP and Police in Tanga detains MCL journalist.

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Dar es Salaam. Good morning! The Chanzo is here with a rundown of major news stories reported in Tanzania on Friday, September 10, 2021.

Ndugai swears in former SADC boss Stargomena Tax as MP

Speaker of Parliament Job Ndugai yesterday sworn-in former Southern African Development Community (SADC) Dr Stargomena Lawrence Tax as Member of Parliament following President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s appointment.

Dr Tax served as the sixth Executive Secretary, and first female Executive Secretary, of SADC), having served the Gaborone- headquartered inter-governmental organization following her appointment in August 2013.

As per the constitution, President Samia is entitled to appoint 10 MPs of which five of them must be female. Dr Tax becomes the ninth MP to be elected as a lawmaker since President Samia became the sixth president of Tanzania.

According to the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), a South African-based conflict management non-governmental institution, Dr Tax has contributed to the development and implementation of various continental and global developmental agendas.

In the area of peace and security, for instance, she has coordinated and led a number of SADC conflict prevention, resolution and mediation processes, as well as democracy consolidation processes.

Dr Tax has expertise and experience in Regional Integration (socio-economic; politics, peace and security); Trade and Industrial Development; Finance; Investment and Private Sector Development. Dr Tax has successfully led the development and implementation of SADC blueprints.

Police in Tanga detains MCL journalist

Police in Tanga on Friday arrested and detained a journalist with the Mwananchi Communications Limited (MCL) Mr Rajabu Athumani after the journalist had complied with the law enforcement agency’s call asking him to produce himself in a nearby police station.

In its statement shared on Twitter yesterday, MCL, which produces Mwananchi, The Citizen and Mwanaspoti newspapers, said that Mr Athumani was detained at the Handeni police station for reasons that were not clear to the company.

“The company’s management is communicating with respective authorities [to know what exactly happened],” MCL said in its statement. “We are closely following up the matter.”

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