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Tanzania’s annual headline inflation rate
rises to 5.3 percent in September

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania’s annual headline inflation rate for September increased to 5.3 percent, from 5.0 percent recorded in August, due to higher food prices, the government said on Monday.

The overall index went up to 108 in September, from 103 recorded in September 2016, the National Bureau of Statistics said in a statement released in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.

Some food items that contributed to the increased inflation rate were dried sardines by 7.6 percent, coconuts by 3.1 percent, sweet potatoes by 3 percent, rice by 1.5 percent, and cooking bananas by 1.5 percent, the statement said.

Non-food items that contributed to the higher inflation rate included charcoal by 4.0 percent, diesel by 2.4 percent, and petrol by 0.6 percent.

“Food and non-alcoholic beverages’ inflation rate for September has increased to 9.3 percent from 8.6 percent recorded in August,” the statement said.

The statement said annual inflation rate for food rose 9.8 percent in September 2017, up from 9.1 percent recorded in August.

The annual inflation rate that excluded food and energy for September dropped slightly to 1.7 percent, from 1.8 percent recorded in August, said the statement. MAPUTO, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- Thirteen people were killed on Monday when a speeding minibus fleeing police inspection overturned in central Mozambique, authorities said.

Many others were injured in the incident in Ulongwe district, Tete province, local police said.

The dead include 11 nationals of Malawi. The two other victims came from Zimbabwe and Mozambique respectively.

The minibus was suspected to be on the way to enter South Africa illegally from Mozambique.

“The minibus driver was driving at high speed because he was fleeing from the police who wanted to inspect the car with foreigners,” said district commander Fernando Graca. “The bus then overturned, leaving the 11 victims dead at the scene, and others died on the way to hospital.”

Countries that border the provinces of central Mozambique have often been used as a route to illegally enter South Africa.

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EARLIER REPORTS:

Tanzania’s 2020 horticulture revenue to double that of 2016

ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania’s revenue accrued from the horticulture industry is projected to double in the next three years, a senior official from the country’s private sector said on Monday.

Godfrey Simbeye, executive director of Tanzania Private Sector Foundation, said that the revenue will grow to 1.3 billion U.S. dollars by 2020, from 640 million dollars registered last year.

If the projections are realized, he said, horticultulture would surpass tourism and hospitality to become the country’s biggest foreign exchange earner.

Simbeye said the horticulture sector is showing prospects of turning the country’s economic fortunes around, and that the private sector is committed to such a cause.

“The country stands to reap big from the horticulture sector and it is just a matter of time before it topples the tourism industry,” Simbeye said when speaking on the sidelines of a two-day International Horticulture Stakeholders Conference in Arusha.

The horticulture industry, which embraces the production, processing, and shipping of and the market for fruits and vegetables, employs 2.5 million Tanzanians.

Mbeya Regional Commissioner Amos Makalla said the government is willing to work with the private sector to bolster the horticulture industry.

“We will continue to work closely with the private sector and other investors to ensure that we tackle poverty and improve food security and nutrition through this lucrative industry,” Makalla said.

He said the industry has in the last five years posted an 11 percent growth.

“The industry is indeed blossoming and the government is committed to engaging the private sector in making it the number one sector in the country,” he added.

Daudi Riganda, northern zone manager of the Tanzania Investment Center, said his office will continue to create business linkages among key players in the industry.

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Mental health cases rise in western Tanzania’s refugee camp: MSF

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- An international medical humanitarian organization, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), said on Monday there was a rise in the number of mental health patients at Nduta refugee camp, located in Tanzania’s western region of Kigoma.

The organization said in statement that the number of mental health patients in the camp sheltering about 127,000 Burundian refugees has doubled since June 2017.

The statement issued by MSF ahead of the World Mental Health Day on Tuesday, said currently an average of 400 people sought consultations for various mental health conditions at the Nduta camp.

“More than two thirds of the patients are female,” said the statement.

Kristi Payten, the Medical Coordinator for MSF in Tanzania, said the rise in the number of people seeking mental health attention was contributed by several factors, including the precarious situation that refugees have fled, poor living conditions at the camp and constant pressure for them to go back home.

“Uncertainty about the future and feelings of hopelessness contribute to the mental health conditions the refugees are suffering,” said Payten.

She added: “Mental health and psychosocial problems are often interconnected with challenges the refugees face. Accessing proper shelter, nutrition, healthcare and education are wanting.”

She said if these basic needs were not available, there could be a significant impact on the psychological wellbeing of the individual and the community in general.

The main symptoms among the patients seeking the treatment were related to depression, accounting for 30.1 percent of cases, followed by anxiety by 28.5 percent and trauma by 11 percent.

A section of the refugees also have severe mental disorders, which account for 7.3 percent of the mental health cases, said the statement.

Through its mental health program, MSF has conducted more than 40,070 psychological support sessions for individuals and families, said the statement.

Ursula Rincon, MSF’s Mental Health Activities Manager at the Nduta Camp, said the refugees have often suffered terrible situations before they arrived, stressing that most of them felt that their future was completely lost.

“Many are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. Psychological and emotional support are part of the medical care we are offering here,” said Rincon.

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Twelve killed in Tanzania as bus plunges into Lake Victoria

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Twelve people died on the spot and three others were seriously injured on Monday when their mini-bus plunged into Lake Victoria in Mwanza region, police said.

Ahmed Msangi, the Mwanza regional police commander, said the bus plunged into the lake, the largest in Africa, at Kigogo ferry on its way to Mwanza city from Sengerema district.

Msangi said two passengers were still missing, adding that the they might have drowned in the lake shared by Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.

“The police have launched a rescue mission searching for the missing passengers,” said Msangi.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli sent a condolence message to Mwanza regional commissioner John Mongella and families of those who lost their beloved ones.

“I have received with great shock and sadness news on the grisly accident that killed 12 innocent people,” said Magufuli in a statement issued by the Directorate of Presidential Communication at State House in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

President Magufuli also wished the injured passengers quick recovery.

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Thirteen die when minibus, fleeing police inspection, overturns in Mozambique

MAPUTO Mozambique(Xinhua) -- Thirteen people were killed on Monday when a speeding minibus fleeing police inspection overturned in central Mozambique, authorities said.

Many others were injured in the incident in Ulongwe district, Tete province, local police said.

The dead include 11 nationals of Malawi.

The two other victims came from Zimbabwe and Mozambique respectively.

The minibus was suspected to be on the way to enter South Africa illegally from Mozambique.

“The minibus driver was driving at high speed because he was fleeing from the police who wanted to inspect the car with foreigners,” said district commander Fernando Graca. “The bus then overturned, leaving the 11 victims dead at the scene, and others died on the way to hospital.”

Countries that border the provinces of central Mozambique have often been used as a route to illegally enter South Africa.

             

 

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