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Tanzanian president sacks four ministers over poaching abuses

By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has sacked four government ministers following accusations of abuses committed by security forces during a huge operation against wildlife poaching. The dismissals, which did not affect the key finance and energy portfolios, come after reports of arbitrary murder, rape, torture and extortion of innocent civilians by members of the anti-poaching crackdown dubbed "Operesheni Tokomeza" ("Operation Destroy").

Tanzania fires ministers over anti-poaching abuses

Tanzania on Friday fired four key ministers for abuses committed by the security forces during a controversial anti-poaching drive, the Prime Minister said. The officials fired are Defence Minister Shamsi Vuai Nahodha, Interior Minister Emmanuel Nchimbi, Natural Resources and Tourism Minister Khamis Kagasheki and Lifestock and Fisheries Minister David Matayo. All four are from the ruling party.

Zanzibar president urges action after acid attacks

The president of Zanzibar on Saturday urged islanders to mobilise in the wake of two attacks that have seen British tourists and a Catholic priest doused with acid. "We cannot continue living in fear and have people being targeted by thugs using acid," said Ali Mohammed Shein, the president of the semi-autonomous Tanzanian archipelago. "The criminal network must be destroyed, and people should help end this problem," he told reporters after visiting a hospital treating a local priest who was attacked on Friday.

Two British teen girls to fly home after Zanzibar acid attack

Two young British women who suffered an acid attack on the Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar, the first such assault against foreigners in the popular tourist destination, were due to fly home late on Thursday. On Wednesday evening two men on a moped threw the acid at the 18-year-old women, splashing their faces and chests as they strolled through the streets of Stone Town, the historical centre of the capital of the semi-autonomous Tanzanian archipelago.

Tanzania police fire teargas at protesters near blast site

By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzanian police fired teargas and warning shots on Tuesday to disperse thousands of people protesting against a weekend bomb attack on an opposition campaign rally, eyewitnesses said. Supporters of the Chadema opposition party gathered in the northern city of Arusha to mourn the three people killed and the more than 50 people injured there in Saturday's blast, they said.

Three dead in Tanzania grenade attack on political rally

Three people have died in Tanzania following a grenade attack on an opposition political rally over the weekend, officials said Monday. Two people were killed in the Saturday attack in the northern city of Arusha at a large rally of the main opposition Chadema party on Saturday evening led by its president Freeman Mbowe, while some 60 more were wounded. A third person died from their wounds on Monday, said Josiah Mlay, chief doctor in Arusha's main hospital.

Tanzanian troops head for UN mission to fight Congo rebels

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete bade farewell Wednesday to 1,280 troops off to join a new UN peacekeeping mission in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and fight insurgents there. "Please observe discipline and professionalism in your work," Kikwete told the Tanzanian soldiers, as he presented them with a flag at a military parade. The troops will form the backbone of a planned 2,500-strong new United Nations brigade, unanimously approved by the Security Council in March and with a mandate to conduct "targeted offensive operations" against rebels in eastern DR Congo.

Tanzanian church blast kills one, wounds 57

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - A suspected bomb attack on a new Catholic church in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha killed at least one person and wounded dozens of others on Sunday, police said. The Vatican's ambassador to Tanzania, Archbishop Francisco Montecillo Padilla, was attending the official opening of the church when the explosion occurred, but escaped unharmed. If a bomb blast is proven, it will mark an escalation in sectarian tensions in east Africa's second biggest economy.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Two dead in Tanzania building site collapse: police

At least two people were confirmed dead after a building under construction collapsed in Tanzania's economic capital of Dar es Salaam Friday, police said. "The rescue operation is going on well. So far we have managed to retrieve 19 people. Two of them are dead and are two seriously injured," Dar es Salaam regional police chief Suleiman Kova said while briefing Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete. Kikwete visited the scene soon after the incident. str-dw

FACTBOX-Key political risks to watch in Tanzania

By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Tanzania is facing growing public discontent over the beneficiaries of vast natural gas discoveries in the country, while simmering power struggles in the ruling party threaten to undermine the stability of the government.
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