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Tanzania -- The Rufiji River winds its way across the Selous Game Reserve. © Nomad Tanzania

Egypt to help Tanzania build huge dam on Rufiji River

CAIRO Egypt (Xinhua) -- An Egyptian leading construction company has won a tender to design and build a huge dam on Tanzania’s Rufiji River, the Egyptian presidency said in a statement on Sunday.

The government-run Arab Contractors has been assigned to build Stiegler’s Gorge dam considered by Tanzania as one of the most important national projects for power generation, said Egyptian presidential spokesman Bassam Rady in the statement.

Rady said Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi was invited in a phone call by his Tanzanian counterpart John Magufuli to lay the foundation stone of the planned hydroelectric dam.

“The dam construction will be done in a way that brings pride to Egypt, Tanzania and Africa,” Sisi told Magufuli, stressing that it will be a model for cooperation between African states.

The two leaders hailed the bilateral relations between Egypt and Tanzania, as well as the prospects of further economic cooperation.

Tanzania and Egypt share the Nile river along with nine other Nile Basin countries including Ethiopia, which is currently building a giant dam named the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, raising concerns from Egypt, a downstream country, about its annual share of the Nile water.



AfDB explores agro-processing investments in Tanzania’s southern highlands

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- A team of experts from the African Development Bank (AfDB) has arrived in Tanzania’s southern highlands to explore potential areas of investments, chiefly in agro- processing industries.

The team on Sunday toured Songwe International Airport, an Irish potatoes nursery working in collaboration with the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) and a designated industrial park in Inyala area in Mbeya region.

Albert Chalamila, Mbeya Regional Commissioner, said the experts from the AfDB have shown interest in supporting investments in the crops value chain in a bid to improve the standard of living of farmers.

“This tour is the result of talks held recently between President John Magufuli and the President of AfDB when they met in the country,” said Chalamila.

He added: “The visit by AfDB experts gives us hope that the bank will release funds that will help in building industries for food crops processing.”

He said the regional authority in collaboration with SAGCOT has earmarked areas for industrial parks and identified priority crops in Mbeya region, one of the country’s six bread basket regions. Others are Rukwa, Ruvuma, Iringa, Njombe and Morogoro regions.

“Crops of priority are maize, paddy, sunflower, potatoes, cocoa, avocado, coffee and palm,” said Chalamila.


Five people killed in Tanzania road accident

ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Five people, including four officials of Tanzania’s Ministry of Agriculture, died on Sunday in the country’s central district of Manyoni, police confirmed.

Sweetbert Njewite, Singida Regional Police Commander, said in a telephone interview that the accident occurred around 11 a. m. local time when an SUV vehicle the officials traveling with veered off the road.

The fifth person who died was the driver, who was behind the wheels of the ill-fated vehicle, the regional police chief said.

“We are still investigating the cause of the accident, but I can confirm that the vehicle belongs to the Ministry of Agriculture and its five occupants have been confirmed dead,” Njewite said.

The Sunday crash was one of a series of road accidents involving Tanzanian government vehicles and officials in this year.

In May, three officials of the Tanzania Investment Center were killed in a road accident in Coast Region on their way to the country’s Capital Dodoma for a national conference.

In August, the country’s Natural Resources and Tourism Minister Hamisi Kigwangalla was involved in a road accident at Magugu Village in Manyara Region during a nationwide working tour.


One killed, four injured in Tanzania road accident

ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) -- A French tourist died and his four colleagues from Belgium were injured after their vehicle overturned near western Tanzania’s Katavi National Park, police said on Thursday.

Benedictor Mapujilo, acting Katavi Regional Police Commander, said in an interview that the accident occurred around 5 p. m. on Wednesday in an area called Jiwe la Simba on the Sumbawanga-Mpanda road in Mlele District, Katavi Region.

He said that the vehicle overturned as it was heading to the Katavi National Park at Stalike village, according to police officer Mapujilo.

Mapujilo said the French national Alexander Paul was driving the vehicle, a Land Rover pickup with a Burundian registration number.

“The injured tourists have been admitted to Katavi regional referral hospital where they are receiving treatment,” he said.

Mapujilo added that the body of the French national was being preserved in the regional hospital pending procedures of transporting it to his country.

The police officer said that the cause of the fatal accident was not yet established and investigation was ongoing.



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