Tanzania. According to
Countryaah.com, the new President Benjamin Mkapa himself is
considered impeccably honest, but the government is still
troubled by the corruption suspicions that have dragged
Tanzania into disrepute. Finance Minister Simon Mbilinyi was
forced to resign after several import companies received
unauthorized tariff exemptions, the same mistake that
dropped his representative in 1994. Opposition leader
Augustine Mrema was elected to parliament in October after a
campaign aimed mainly at Mbilinyi.
The state-owned ferry Bukoba's wreck on Lake Victoria in
May, when nearly 1,000 people were killed, also drew
attention to deficiencies in public administration. The ship
had been allowed to leave with more than twice as many
passengers as the rules allowed.
In June 2016, the president banned all political meetings
until 2020. In response, the opposition called for peaceful
protests under the slogan of the Alliance against
Dictatorship in Tanzania (UKUTA). The consequence was that
the police also banned internal meetings of the parties. Two
opposition leaders and 35 members were arrested and charged
with various matters, including calls for protest.
Police arrested 20 LGBTI people in Dar es Salaam in
August. Most were released again after 48 hours. In
November, authorities suspended the HIV/AIDS homicide
In September, a court declared Chapters 13 and 17 of the
Marriage Act to be unconstitutional. They allowed marriage
for girls under 18. Tanzania has one of the highest rates of
child marriage in the world. 37% of girls under 18 are
married. The state attorney appealed the court's order.
Tourism played an increasingly important role for the
country's economy. In 2016, it accounted for 17.5% of GDP.
Almost 1.3 million tourists visited the country for almost
600,000 in 2005.