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2005-12-30 15:06:48

By Ally Saleh DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania's new president, Jakaya Kikwete, vowed on Friday to fight corruption and pledged to ease political tension in the semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar, which have witnessed violence in recent months. "My government is going to deal with all forms of corruption," Kikwete said in his inaugural speech to Tanzania's parliament based in Dodoma. "White-collar corruption will be high on the list and we are going to plug all gaps that are...

2005-12-15 12:55:48

By Helen Nyambura DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Results trickled in on Thursday for an election in Tanzania where Foreign Minister Jakaya Kikwete looks certain to win the presidency -- but there was tension for a second day on the volatile Zanzibar islands. Election authorities only announced one official presidential result from the east African nation's 232 constituencies, giving the ruling party a win from Wednesday's vote in Iringa in south Tanzania. But the BBC broadcaster said...

2005-12-14 09:13:03

By Helen Nyambura DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzanians went to the polls on Wednesday with Foreign Minister Jakaya Kikwete expected to win the presidency and extend the ruling party's four-decade grip on east Africa's largest country. While peaceful on the mainland, the vote revived tensions on the politically volatile islands of Zanzibar -- a traditional opposition stronghold -- where police fired in the air at a rowdy crowd and there were allegations of irregularities. Outgoing...

2005-10-31 03:38:03

By Andrew Cawthorne and Helen Nyambura ZANZIBAR (Reuters) - Security forces turned tear gas, water cannons and sticks on opposition supporters in Zanzibar on Monday in a second day of violence over an election on the semi-autonomous Tanzanian islands. The Civic United Front (CUF) said that with more than two-thirds of votes counted, it had 54.2 percent versus 45.7 percent for the government, in power for the last four decades both on the islands and on mainland Tanzania. Election...

2005-07-20 03:25:50

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - The prospect of rescuing four Danish tourists and their Canadian scuba diving instructor who went missing four days ago off Zanzibar is diminishing, the local divers' club said on Wednesday. The five left with another group for a diving course on Saturday and were last seen under water near Pemba Island on the east African coast. A statement by Swahili Divers said they were still searching for the five. But "we appreciate that after being missing for four days the...

Latest Unguja Reference Libraries

Zanzibar Leopard, Panthera pardus adersi
2012-12-27 17:57:46

The Zanzibar leopard (Panthera pardus adersi) is a subspecies of the leopard that may be extinct. It is native to Tanzania, with a range that includes Unguja Island in the Zanzibar archipelago. This subspecies is thought to have occurred when African leopards were isolated on the island after the last Ice Age, creating a smaller form with varying fur patterns. Because the Zanzibar leopard is so rare, or possibly extinct, there is not much information regarding its habits and lifestyle. Its...

Servaline Genet, Genetta servalina
2012-05-30 12:27:01

The servaline genet (Genetta servalina) is a carnivore that resembles a feline, although it is not closely related to the Felidae family. The status conservation of the servaline genet is of “Least Concern”. It is related to civets and linsangs, and has two recognized subspecies. Lowe's servaline genet was first described in 1932, from a single pelt found in the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania. Until 2000, this was the only specimen found, but a live trapping study brought the genet back...

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Word of the Day
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.