Dar es Salaam. Good morning! The Chanzo is here with a rundown of major news stories reported in Tanzania on Tuesday, March 21, 2022.
Samia receives preliminary report from taskforce on democracy
President Samia Suluhu Hassan on Monday received a preliminary report from a task force formed to coordinate stakeholders’ opinions on multiparty democracy in Tanzania, promising to continue engaging key political stakeholders in the country.
On December 23, 2021, the Registrar of Political Parties Judge (Retired) Francis Mutungi announced the formation of a 23-member task force that will follow up on the main issues raised during a stakeholders’ conference called to discuss the future of multiparty democracy in Tanzania.
Officiated by President Samia Suluhu Hassan, the two-day conference took place in the capital Dodoma from December 15 to December 17, 2021, and was attended by key stakeholders of Tanzania’s political development namely political parties, the Office of the Party Registrar, security organs, Political Parties Council, civil societies and religious leaders.
Presenting the report to President Samia, the task force chairperson Prof Rwekaza Mukandala said that a total of 98 recommendations were given during the Dodoma meeting and what they submitted to the Head of State contained three types of recommendations: short-term ones; mid-term and long-term ones.
The short-term call concern the lifting of a ban on political rallies, a process that has already started where specific regulations will be formulated to guide the conduct of political parties’ activities, especially their internal meetings and public rallies.
The mid-term recommendations concern reforms in Tanzania’s electoral system, particularly by amending the National Elections Act and the Political Parties Act in an attempt of building an environment that would allow free and fair elections in the country.
The long-term suggestion concerns the revival of the stalled process into the writing of the New Constitution, whereas the task force’s suggestion is that the process should resume after the election of 2025.
The third suggestion forms the basis of opposition CHADEMA’s decision to boycott the ongoing dialogues on multiparty democracy in Tanzania. The party says that it is not going to take part in a process aimed at producing minimum reforms while what is needed in Tanzania are holistic ones that can only be realized through the writing of the New Constitution.
Samia is aware of CHADEMA’s boycott and during her yesterday’s address after receiving the preliminary report she expressed her willingness to engage with it and see if a middle ground can be reached.
“I want to make sure that we are all on board,” President Samia said. “We all have to be on board in creating politics that is productive to our nation.”
UK court orders Barrick Gold to submit papers on North Mara goldmine killings
The UK High Court has ordered Barrick Gold to disclose 120,000 internal company documents relating to serious cases of violence and killings reportedly executed by the Tanzania Police Force in the North Mara Goldmine.
Barrick Gold operates the North Mara Gold Mine which is a combined open pit and underground gold mine quarries located in the Tarime District of the Mara Region. The facility has for years been an arena of violence against local villagers.
The UK High Court has started to consider a case filed against a Barrick Gold subsidiary over allegations of unlawful killings and assaults at a mine in Tanzania between 2014 and 2019.
Ten Tanzanians filed the case in February 2020 against Barrick Tanzania Limited, which was previously called Acacia Mining. Barrick, which took over the operation of the North Mara Gold Mine in September 2019, denies any liability.
A Tanzanian government inquiry was told in 2016 that police had killed 65 people and injured 270 during clashes with villagers near the mine.
Cases of violence often resulted from villagers entering the site looking for rocks from which they could extract gold. Some villagers claimed that they were barred by police, while others were allowed access in return for bribes.
In a recent human rights report, Barrick claims to have had “radically repaired” its community relations at North Mara. It said it had established “clear boundaries” with the local police, prohibiting them from entering the mine site except when requested by senior management for criminal matters.
A rare black rhino ‘Faru Rajabu’ dies aged 43
The Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) announced on Monday the passing of a rare black rhino, prominently identified by ‘Faru Rajabu’ has died aged 43.
Most rhinoceros live to about 40 years old and his father, Faru John died in 2015 aged 47, TANAPA said in a statement.
His death comes a few months after President Samia Suluhu Hassan stepped up the pursuit to get him a cow ‘a female rhino’ from neighbouring Kenya.
Faru Rajabu died last night and his remains will be conserved in accordance with conservation regulations.
Faru Rajabu is survived by several calves, grand calves and great-grand calves, a statement from TANAPA’s Senior Assistant Commissioner in charge of Corporate Communications Mr Pascal Shelutete said.
Faru Rajabu was born in the Ngorongoro area in 1979, and in 1993, was moved to the Serengeti National Park.
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