07
JUL
2016

TANZANIA NEWS UPDATE – 7 JULY 2016

On 8 June, the 2016/2017 National Budget was announced, the first by the government of President John P. Magufuli (“President Magufuli”). The budget has been noted for its austerity measures. These include a hike in taxes on drinks and sugar, as well as on imports of cement and...
15
JUN
2016

KENYA NEWS UPDATE-16 JUNE 2016

Since early May, the main opposition party, Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (“CORD”), has delivered on its promise to stage protests every Monday calling for reformation of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (“IEBC”). CORD accuses the Commissioners under IEBC...
25
MAY
2016

TANZANIA NEWS UPDATE – 25 MAY 2016

Tanzania watchers have been observing a shift in the country’s position within the East Africa Community (“EAC”). President Magufuli’s foreign policy priorities differ dramatically from his predecessor’s, President Kikwete. There is a heavy regional focus and in recent months we...
12
APR
2016

KENYA NEWS UPDATE – 12 APRIL 2016

President Uhuru Kenyatta (“President Kenyatta”) has recently completed his six day tour of France and Germany to deepen bilateral relations with the two countries. Security was a particularly important part of the discussions between President Kenyatta and his counterparts,...
05
APR
2016

TANZANIA NEWS UPDATE – 5 APRIL 2016

The ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (“CCM”) party won the Zanzibar election re-run on Sunday, 20 March, with a historic 91.4 percent victory. The Zanzibar Electoral Commission declared incumbent Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein (“Dr. Shein”) winner of the presidential poll on the semi-autonomous...
08
MAR
2016

KENYA NEWS UPDATE – 8 MARCH 2016

Last month, the International Criminal Court’s (“ICC”) case against Vice President William Ruto (“Ruto”) was significantly weakened. On 12 February, the Appeals Chamber decided to not allow statements of witnesses who recanted their remarks or failed to appear in court to be...
02
MAR
2016

TANZANIA NEWS UPDATE – 2 MARCH 2016

Tanzania was initially expected to make a final investment decision (“FID”) regarding its planned Liquified Natural Gas (“LNG”) plant this year, but this has been delayed for at least another four years due to red tape and regulatory uncertainties. Following the promising news on...
02
FEB
2016

TANZANIA NEWS UPDATE – 2 FEBRUARY 2016

Zanzibar is to hold a re-run of the October 2015 general elections on 20 March 2016. The announcement by the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (“ZEC”) last week, on 29 January, follows the annulment of last year’s general election by ZEC chairman, Jecha Salim Jecha, which...
26
JAN
2016

KENYA NEWS UPDATE-26 JANUARY 2016

Kenyan politics is gearing up for the August 2017 elections. Although President Kenyatta (“Kenyatta”) is discouraging divisive politics, it is hard to imagine an election where the country’s ethnic divisions do not play a significant role. With Vice President William ...
12
JAN
2016

TANZANIA NEWS UPDATE – 12 JANUARY 2016

Earlier this month, President John Magufuli appointed the remaining four Ministers, completing his Cabinet which he first announced on 9 December 2015. These include the former Acting Tanzania Revenue Authority Commissioner General, Dr Philip Mpango, who becomes the Minister of...