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'Tanzania does not intend to confiscate or nationalize foreign
investments' assurance from Foreign Affairs Minister

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation Palamagamba Kabudi said on Friday the country is not thinking of confiscating nor nationalizing foreign investments.

Kabudi made the assurance during talks with Lynda Chalker, founder and president of Africa Matters Limited, according to a statement issued by the ministry’s information and communication unit.

Africa Matters Limited works with multinational corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises, governments, local partners and non-governmental organizations to ensure that private sector investment plays a critical role in driving African development, the statement said.

During the talks, Kabudi said the country’s recent overhaul of its mining laws and policies is not intended to confiscate or nationalize foreign investments.

"Recent amendments of laws in the mining, natural resources and investment were aimed at improving the investment environment which will create a win-win situation between the nation and the investors," he told Chalker, who once served as Britain’s minister of state for overseas development and Africa.

"The nationalization and confiscation of foreign investments agenda is being engineered by people who do not want to see a thriving Tanzania," Kabudi said at the meeting in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.

He said the reforms being undertaken under the leadership of President John Magufuli are intended to do away with corruption and bureaucracy.

The minister urged Chalker to mobilize British investors to visit Tanzania and explore vast investment opportunities available in the country.

For her part, Chalker praised president Magufuli for improving the business environment in the country, the foreign ministry statement said.

She promised to meet relevant British authorities and the Commonwealth to arrange an international conference that will focus on investment opportunities in Tanzania.


Tanzania warns NGOs against money laundering, threats to national security

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian authorities on Thursday warned non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in the country to stop engaging in immoral deeds, including money laundering and threats to national security.

"The government will not hesitate to revoke registration licenses for such NGOs lest they endangered the security of the nation," said Faustine Ndungulile, the Deputy Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, the Elderly and Children.

Opening a two-day annual meeting of the National Council of NGOs Tanzania (NaCoNGOs) in the capital Dodoma, Ndungulile said some NGOs were engaging in operations which were not in their constitutions that they submitted for registration.

He said the government has completed collection an electronic data for all NGOs working in the country aimed at receiving information about their activities on time.

He urged the NGOs to maintain transparency and accountability in their efforts to help build the nation.

He said their goals and objectives should also be in line with the government development agenda, adding that the authorities will not tolerate rogue NGOs who were not working on their own direction in the pretense of helping people.

"Much as you come with financial resources but if your purported activities are not in line with the government development agenda you will not be allowed in the country," said Ndungulile.

He urged the NGOs to use the annual meeting to focus on their contributions to the development of the country, where they started, where they are and plan for more actions.

Ndungulile said the government appreciated NGOs’ contribution and that was why President John Magufuli this week appointed the chairman of the board of NGOs to help them work as expected.

Tanzanian police kill five suspected robbers in gunfire exchange

ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian police on Tuesday announced the killing of five suspected armed robbers in western part of the nation.

Martin Otieno, Kigoma Regional Police Commander, said that the incident occurred after the suspected robbers engaged in a gunfire exchange with the police at the Rusohoko village forest along the Kibondo-Kasulu road.

He said the police were in routine patrols around the area when the suspects attempted to block vehicles on Kibondo-Kasulu road to rob the passersby.

Otieno said that two police officers were injured in the gunfire exchange.

"We will continue conducting patrols everyday as we target to end all the types of crime in our region. We are still searching for other suspected bandits who disappeared into the Rusohoko forest," he said.

The regional police chief assured the public that his force was well prepared to fight against people who are involving in criminal acts.

Reports have it that in recent months, there have been increased public concerns on the increased crime in western Tanzania’s district of Kibondo.


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