Dar es Salaam. Good morning! The Chanzo is here with a rundown of major news stories reported in Tanzania on Monday, January 10, 2022.
Samia assigns new roles to axed ministers Kabudi, Lukuvi
President Samia Suluhu Hassan on Monday said he would assign new roles to former ministers for land and legal and constitutional affairs William Lukuvi and Palamagamba Kabudi after dropping the two in her latest cabinet reshuffle.
Samia had replaced Lukuvi with Dr Angelina Mabula, who was deputy land minister, while Prof Kabudi has been replaced with George Simbachawene who will now head the Legal and Constitutional Affairs docket.
The two are among four ministers who were left during Saturday’s mini cabinet reshuffle, others being Prof Kitila Mkumbo and Geoffrey Mwambe who served as Minister for Industry and Trade and Minister for Investment respectively.
Speaking on Monday shortly after having sworn in newly appointed ministers, deputy ministers, permanent secretaries and deputy permanent secretaries in the capital Dodoma, President Samia said Lukuvi and Kabudi have done a good job on their respective dockets but had to drop them so that they can help her monitor the “youthful cabinet.”
“I have a message to those who were happy that Lukuvi was dropped out of the cabinet,” she said. “Lukuvi is here to stay, he won’t be in that contest [for Speaker of Parliament]. I will assign him a special role, he has done a good job for this country.”
As for Prof Kabudi, President Samia said the former university don will be leading the government team formed to take care of the international business and contract negotiations that Tanzania will seek to enter given Kabudi’s track record in the area as a minister.
Deputy Speaker Ackson enters contest to replace Ndugai
Deputy Speaker of Parliament Dr Tulia Akson on Monday entered the contest that seeks to replace Mr Job Ndugai who resigned on January 6, 2022, as the head of the lawmaking body.
She became the fourth person to seek nomination from the ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) since the process to fill Ndugai’s position was declared by the parliament.
Others are former First-Vice President of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) Mr Stephen Masele; a member of CCM Mr Hamidu Chamani; and another cadre of CCM Mr Patrick Nkama.
Dr Akson, former University of Dar es Salaam law lecturer, thinks Tanzania’s president is above all other state pillars of the parliament and the executive for she is not only the Head of the Government but also the Head of State.
“Although the parliament has the authority to make laws, advise and supervise the government it cannot go against the executive,” she said Monday during a State House function.
Mr Ndugai was forced to resign by senior CCM and government officials following his decision to criticise Samia’s government borrowing habit, warning against the risk of Tanzania being auctioned off for failing to pay back the loans.
“All the national pillars have their separate duties, the president is the Head of the Government but also she is Head of State but and the Commander-in-Chief of armed forces. People should understand this.”
BHP to invests $100m in Kabanga Nickel project
Australia-based Anglo-Australian multinational mining, metals and petroleum company BHP has committed to invest a total of $100 million into Kabanga Nickel for a nickel production project in Tanzania, the latter announced on Monday.
Described as the world’s largest development-ready nickel sulphide deposit, the Kabanga Nickel project is located in the northwest of Tanzania in the Ngara District of the Kagera region, close to the Burundi and Rwanda borders and approximately 1,320 km inland west of the main port of Dar Es Salaam.
As part of the investment BHP has advanced a total of $50 million to the project. Of which $40 million is going to accelerate the development of the project and $10 million to the company that provides essential technology for metal recovery for the project, Lifezone Limited.
In a statement, Kabanga Nickel CEO Chris Showalter called BHP “the ideal partner for Kabanga Nickel” that will bring “significant advantages and expertise that will enable us to move ahead with the project.”
Showalter said BHP’s investment reflects the project’s strong ESG credentials and its role in improving environmental performance throughout the nickel value chain.
“We are delighted to announce this partnership with BHP,” he said. “It highlights the world-class nature of the Kabanga deposit and its importance in helping meet the crucial decarbonisation challenge facing the world today.”
A BHP spokesperson told Reuters on Monday that the $50 million investment secures access to a world-class nickel sulphide resource and is aligned with BHP’s strategy to capture opportunities in future-facing commodities.
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