DAR ES SALAAM
(Xinhua) -- Authorities in Tanzania’s
Zanzibar archipelago on Thursday warned people on the eastern
African Islands to stop harassing tourists.
"Harassment of tourists visiting the beaches is tarnishing
the good image of the Zanzibar government across the world,"
said Seif Idd, the First Vice-President of the Revolutionary
Government of Zanzibar when adjourning the House of
The Zanzibar Commission for Tourism (ZCT) said the number of
tourists rose to 376,000 in the 2016/2017 fiscal year from
162,242 recorded in the previous year.
ZCT Marketing Director, Miraji Ussi Ukuti, attributed the
achievements to the prevailing peace and tranquility on the
Ukuti outlined strategies that ZCT has devised to boost the
tourism sector by attracting more tourists from the Asian
continent that boasts of large population.
The Zanzibar government targets 500,000 tourists visiting the
Islands each year by 2020.
Zanzibar president urges
EALA to reinforce legislation to combat corruption
ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Ali Mohamed Shein, President of Tanzania’s
semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar on Tuesday urged the
East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) to come up with strong
legislation that supports law enforcement within partner states
to strengthen anti-corruption efforts.
Shein made the remarks at the official opening of the 4th
meeting of the second session of EALA, which is held in
He lauded EALA for tabling an Ethics and Anti-Corruption Bill
for discussion, which he cited as a promising step towards
uprooting corruption in the region.
According to him, the East African Community maintained its
position as the fastest growing sub-region in Africa with
accelerated growth of 4.6 percent in 2017 compared to 4.4 in
"This achievement can reach greater heights in the years to
come if we become vigilant of corruption and strongly abide by
the principal values that guide our work within the Community,"
"Corruption impairs good governance.
"It is a strong
constraint on economic prosperity," said Shein.
He said that Zanzibar and the Tanzania mainland have shored
up law enforcement, increased judiciary budgets and manpower to
expedite judgment of corruption cases.
Martin Ngoga, the EALA Speaker, commended Shein for his
endeavors to address corruption, particularly in formulating
anti-corruption authority, which is one of the key tools towards
scaling down the malpractices in Zanzibar.
EALA members are from Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda,
Burundi and South Sudan.