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The Chanzo Morning Briefing Tanzania News – May 24,2024

In our briefing today: Tanzania to open 100 centers for teaching Kiswahili to expand its global influence; Boiler explosion kills 11 people at Mtibwa Sugar factory; Tanzania declare the end of cyclone Ialy.

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Dar es Salaam. Good morning! The Chanzo is here with a rundown of major news stories reported in Tanzania on May 24,2024.

Tanzania to open 100 centers for teaching Kiswahili to expand its global influence

Tanzania’s government is planning to open 100 centers for teaching Kiswahili as part of its initiative to promote the language globally. The centers will utilize embassy infrastructures in various countries.

This announcement was made in parliament on May 23, 2024, by the Ministry of Culture, Arts, and Sports during the presentation of its 285 billion shilling budget. The budget saw a 700% increase in preparation for hosting the Africa Cup of Nations.

Kiswahili is one of the most spoken languages in the world, with speakers in countries such as Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Oman, and Rwanda. Approximately 500 million people speak Kiswahili globally.

Despite being recognized as the country with native Kiswahili speakers, Tanzania has yet to fully capitalize on this potential, allowing neighboring Kenya to take the lead. This concern was raised by several members of parliament.

Boiler explosion kills 11 people at Mtibwa Sugar factory

Eleven people were killed on the night of May 23, 2024, following the explosion of a boiler at the Mtibwa Sugar plant in Turiani, Morogoro.

The Morogoro Regional Fire Officer, Shabani Marugujo, explained the incident: “The explosion occurred in the steam pipe from boiler number four, which leads to the energy room used for generating electricity. The new system had recently been installed, and the pipe failed to withstand the pressure at its connection site.”

Mtibwa Sugar representative Juma Ramadhan Palamba stated that the plant had just installed a new system designed for high-pressure use and was conducting its first test. Among the deceased were a Brazilian, a Kenyan, and an Indian national.

Tanzania declare the end of cyclone Ialy

The Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA) has announced that Cyclone Ialy is no longer a threat after losing its strength off the northeastern coast of Kenya.

In a statement released early yesterday morning, TMA explained that it has issued a final update on Cyclone Ialy, which had been monitored since May 17, 2024.

Cyclone Ialy is the second cyclone to approach the coast of Tanzania this month.On May 2, 2024, TMA issued a warning after detecting that the coast of Tanzania might be hit by Cyclone Hidaya. By May 5, 2024, the authority reported that Cyclone Hidaya had dissipated after losing strength upon making landfall on Mafia Island.

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