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Tanzanian police kill seven armed suspects in exchange of fire

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian police killed seven suspected armed robbers on Friday in Mwanza city on the southern shores of Lake Victoria.

Jonathan Shanna, Mwanza regional police commander, said the gangsters were killed during a fierce exchange of fire at Kishiri ward in Nyamagana district.

Shanna said one police officer was injured during the fire exchange, adding that the officer was rushed to hospital for treatment.

Shanna added that the police also seized two firearms and 77 rounds of ammunition used by the armed suspects.

He said the gangsters were involved in armed robberies in areas including Bukombe, Chato, Geita and Bunda in northwestern Tanzania, wreaking havoc to residents in the area.

John Mongella, the Mwanza regional commissioner and chairman of the region’s defense and security committee, praised the police for their action to confront the suspects.

The regional commissioner also urged people to work closely with the police in unearthing criminals across the nation.


Tanzanian Vice-President  launches anti-poaching paramilitary team

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan on Saturday launched a new special paramilitary team tasked with fighting poaching and illegal trafficking of wildlife organs and products in the nation.

"It is my expectation that the new team will be able to wipe out entire poaching syndicates and save the country’s threatened wildlife," said Hassan in the northwest region of Mara.

The new team with 313 members will operate under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, said Hassan.

"I urge communities living in the neighborhoods of national parks and game reserves to cooperate with the team in combating poaching," said her.

Hassan expressed her optimism that fighting poaching will increase the number of wildlife in the national parks and boost the tourism sector by attracting more visitors.

About 25 percent of the country’s land is preserved for wildlife, including national parks, conservation areas and game reserves.

Despite efforts to conserve wildlife, iconic species like the African elephant and rhinoceros are being poached to near extinction, causing systemic and tangible devastation to global biodiversity resources.

World Bank grants Tanzania 300 mln USD to support education sector

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The World Bank on Friday announced a 300-million-U.S.-dollar grant to Tanzania to support its education sector, said a statement from the country’s Directorate of Presidential Communication.

Hafez Ghanem, Vice President of the World Bank for Africa, announced the new grant during talks with Tanzanian President John Magufuli at State House in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, according to the statement.

The grant will be used for improvement of secondary school education in the east African nation including construction of classrooms, dormitories, laboratories and for buying educational materials, said the statement, adding that Ghanem assured President Magufuli of the World Bank’s continued support to Tanzania’s development projects.

The World Bank has a huge program to support various development projects in Tanzania in the social sector and infrastructure to the tune of 5.2 billion dollars and the bank is impressed with the way these projects are being implemented, said Ghanem.

During the talks, Ghanem praised President Magufuli for efforts undertaken by his administration towards improving the economy and the fight against corruption.

"The World Bank is proud of its partnership with Tanzania and the good results that have been achieved in terms of economic growth and in terms of economic stability," said the Word Bank official.

He added: "We are also proud of the good results in fighting corruption and in improving public services."

For his part, President Magufuli thanked the World Bank for its continued support and pledged that all the grants given by the bank will be spent in implementing development projects.

AfDB and Tanzania sign over U.S. $56 million dollars loan
agreements to support development projects says official

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Thursday signed three agreements amounting to 156 million U.S. dollars with the government of Tanzania to support major development projects, said a senior official.

Speaking shortly after the signing of the agreements in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Dotto James, said the AfDB loans had favorable conditions.

He said out of the 156 million U.S. dollars loan, 123 million U.S. dollars were earmarked for the construction of the North-West electricity transmission line, 13 million U.S. dollars for an initiative to prevent aflatoxins contamination in grains and 20 million U.S. dollars for the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program.

"The loans from the AfDB have friendly terms.

"Their interest is almost zero and the loan repayment period is 40 years," said James.

Alex Mubiru, the AfDB Country Manager, said the North-West power transmission line was intended to improve power supply in Kigoma region at lower energy production costs.

"This will relieve Tanzania Electric Supply Company of a financial burden of about 9.44 million U.S. dollars spent annually on running diesel power generators in Kigoma and Kasulu," said Mubiru.

This year, the AfDB has signed loan agreements amounting to 213.4 million U.S. dollars to support key projects in the nation.



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