The Chanzo Morning Briefing Tanzania News – May 21, 2024

Dar es Salaam. Good day! The Chanzo is here with a summary of the main news reported in Tanzania on May 20, 2024.

Tanzania added Sh. 1.6 billion to its 2023/24 budget for operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mozambique and to finance military equipment

Tanzania’s Minister of Defense and National Service, Stergomena Tax, announced that her ministry has received a special budget increase of Sh. 1.6 trillion ($633 million) for fiscal year 2023/24 to support ongoing operations and equipment purchases.

This was reported by the minister yesterday, May 20, 2024, during the presentation of the budget of the Ministry of Defense. The country budgeted to increase its defense spending to a total of Shs. 3.32 billion for the financial year 2024/25

Speaking on the increase in the budget for the current financial year, which ends in June 2024, he said: “The Ministry has received additional funds totaling Sh1,648,083,492,153.66 for specific tasks, including the financing of various contracts for tools and equipment, the payment of contractual debts for tools and equipment. to local and foreign suppliers.

He continued on the purpose of the budget supplement: “To support officers and soldiers in various operations, including the Southern African Development Community Mission to Combat Terrorism in Mozambique (SADC Mission in Mozambique – SAMIM) and the Sustainment Mission Peace in the Democratic Republic. of the Congo (SADC Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – SAMIDRC)”.

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US ambassador urges Tanzania to improve local value added for its critical minerals

The United States Ambassador to Tanzania, Michael A. Battle, has stressed the importance of adding value to Tanzania’s critical mineral resources before exporting them as an important step in generating wealth for the people of Tanzania.

Ambassador Battle spoke during the Democracy Forum on May 17, 2024. The forum was held at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Zanzibar, organized by the Strategic Litigation Centre, LHRC, the Tanzania Center for Democracy (TCD) and WAHAMAZA.

“Tanzania has the right to insist that whoever obtains its critical mineral resources must create first- and second-tier added value that generates wealth in Tanzania,” Ambassador Battle argued.

He added: “The reason we believe so strongly in this is that when you look at Tanzania as a country with around 65 million people, on track to become 130 million people by 2050, there is no way in the world to that Tanzania can allow us to have that large population without an industrial base, without a manufacturing base.”

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President Samia mourns Iranian President Raisi

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan sent her condolences to the people of Iran over the death of President Ebrahim Raisi.

In a post Raisi. , President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. “We join you in mourning the loss of your leader and wish you strength and comfort during this difficult time.”

President Raisi, along with his Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, and seven other people died in a tragic helicopter crash in Iran’s mountainous East Azerbaijan province on May 19, 2024.

Relations between Tanzania and Iran have been revitalized recently thanks to frequent visits between officials from the two nations. In August 2022, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian visited Tanzania as part of his Africa tour aimed at strengthening ties between the Middle Eastern nation and African nations. On August 24, 2023, President Samia and Raisi met on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in South Africa.

Prioritizing women’s voices for peacebuilding in Sudan

Since April 2023, two rival armed factions, the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces, have been fighting for control of Sudan and the country’s resources. The conflict has claimed more than 13,000 lives and injured around 26,000, as of January 2024.

According to the United Nations (UN), this conflict has displaced some nine million within the country. In addition to internal displacement, there is economic instability and a collapse of essential services, which disproportionately affects women and girls.

Reports of gender-based violence are on the rise, with many cases of sexual assault, forced marriages and other forms of abuse against women and girls in captivity. The African Union (AU) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) must intervene and start peace talks in Sudan as soon as possible, despite Sudan being suspended from the AU following a military coup in 2021.

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Zanzibar Slavery Day: Is it a big deal?

The proposal by the Anglican bishops and the subsequent consent of the President of Zanzibar, Ali Hassan Mwinyi, to designate June 6 as slavery remembrance day is greatly welcomed.

Historians estimate that between 26 and 30 million men, women and children were trafficked as slaves out of tropical Africa, by land and by sea in the period between 1,300 years, between 600 and 900 AD.

This historical tragedy unfolded in three directions: north across the great African deserts, east over the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea, and west beyond the Atlantic Ocean to America. Additionally, between 14 and 16 million slaves were taken north through the Sahara and east to the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea.

However, some scholars believe that these figures underestimate the magnitude of the entire African slave trade. For example, historian David Hackett Fischer argues in his 2022 book titled African Founders: How Enslaved Peoples Expanded American Ideals that parts of the African slave trade were much older than the Atlantic slave trade.

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