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Tanzanian court convicts couple of smuggling million dollars ivory

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- A Tanzanian court on Friday convicted a couple of smuggling ivory valued at 1.1 million U.S. dollars.

The Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam found Peter Kabi and Leonidia Kabi guilty of ivory smuggling, while Simon Malisa who was charged along with the couple was acquitted due to a lack of evidence.

The couple was charged with illegal possession of 210 pieces of ivory weighing 450.6 kilograms and five pieces of elephant bones.

They were found with the haul at their Kimara home in Dar es Salaam on October 27, 2012 without a license from the Director of Wildlife in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism.


Tanzanian president appoints new anti-narcotics team

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday appointed a new team to lead the Drug Control and Enforcement Authority as the war on drugs in the East African country gained speed.

A statement released by the Directorate of Presidential Communication at State House said the president appointed Rogers William Sianga Commissioner General of the authority.

Magufuli also appointed Mihayo Msikela the Commissioner of Operations and Fredrick Kibuta Commissioner of Intelligence.

The president made the new appointments two days after a Tanzanian senior official released a new list of 65 suspected drug traffickers that included politicians, religious leaders and business tycoons.

Paul Makonda, Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner, said some of the suspects owned five star hotels, shopping malls, and were former and current Members of Parliament.

Last week Makonda declared war on drug traffickers and he has already named over 100 suspects, some of whom have already been taken to court.

Releasing the names of the suspects, Makonda said the war on drugs was very tough since it involved wealthy and powerful people.

The Tanzanian president has supported Makonda and ordered the armed forces to help in arresting people suspected to engage in drug trafficking.

Tanzania invites development partners to support industrialization drive

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday invited development partners and other countries to support his industrialization drive.

The industrialization drive was aimed at achieving for the country, the second largest economy in East Africa, a middle income status by 2025.

Addressing a New Year Diplomatic Sherry Party at State House, Magufuli said he was optimistic that by 2020 Tanzania’s economic growth would hit 10 percent annually.

"I am also optimistic that by 2020 about 40 percent of Tanzanians would get jobs in industries and the national per capita income would be 3,000 U.S. dollars," Magufuli told diplomats accredited to Tanzania and representatives of UN agencies and international organizations.

The president appealed to the diplomats and international organizations to bring in investors, especially in putting up industries.

He also asked the diplomats to invite investors towards the implementation of projects such as the standard gauge railway.

The standard gauge railway project will link Dar es Salaam to Mwanza, connecting landlocked Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Burundi.

"My government has already started constructing 300 kilometres of the standard gauge railway starting from Dar es Salaam," said Magufuli.

He said last year the government started to implement its five-year (2016-2021) development plan which is expected to cost 55.5 billion dollars.

Magufuli said out of this amount, the government of Tanzania will release 29.5 billion dollars and the remaining will be given by development partners.

The Tanzanian government has increased development budget from the previous 26 percent to 40 percent this year, according to the president.


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