Chadema party, one of the leading opposition parties in Tanzania, is fighting for its survival in a muddied political landscape, after a series of loses in parliamentary and ward by-elections. Pundits are arguing that with the poor performance in the by-elections, Chadema is losing its relevance in Tanzanian politics. The party has faced a sweltering experience following a string of losses in parliamentary and ward by-elections since November 2017. However, in a bid to remain relevant, it is blaming its poor performance on the National Electoral Commission (NEC) accusing it of lack of independence.
UK’s Prince William is expected to visit Tanzania as well as Kenya and Namibia next week, Kensington Palace statement reveals. His visit, according to the statement, will mainly focus on promoting fights against poaching in Africa. Prince William will be visiting the states as the President of umbrella organization called United for Wildlife and conservation body, Tusk Trust. This visit will also be seen in terms, of strengthening relations between Tanzania and UK and at the same time boosting tourism.
Tanzania government is setting up a system that will see buses plying by rapid transit routes in Dar es Salaam use natural gas, a move that will cut fuel consumption by up to 40 per cent. The Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) acting managing director, Mr. Kapuulya Musomba, said in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the entire project will see at least 800 buses switch to natural gas. According to the experts the use of natural gas would save between 30 to 50 per cent of what one spends on fuel. This will be a great relief economically to both the government and Tanzanians at large.
Similarly, the ongoing construction of the country’s historic Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) has gained yet another momentum, after the contractor started laying railway tracks, following the arrival of the first vessel carrying a consignment of 7,250 tonnes of rail a fortnight ago. The ground-breaking ceremony to inaugurate the laying of rail was graced by the Minister of Works, Transport and Communications, Engineer Isack Kamwele. Once complete, it will ease transportation system in Tanzania hence a great boost to the economy.
Social and cultural issues
Tanzanians are mourning after more than 100 people have been confirmed dead after a ferry sank in Tanzania’s Lake Victoria, but the final death toll could climb to more than 200. The MV Nyerere ferry overturned near the shore between the islands of Ukora and Bugolora. It is still not clear what was the cause, with some claiming that the vessel was overloaded vessel and toppled over when crowds on board moved to one side as it docked. Officials have said the ferry was carrying more than 400 passengers. About 100 people were rescued while 32 are said to be in a critical condition. Exact figures, though, are yet to be confirmed.