Many things point the right way for Tanzania. ‘Terror’ arrest isn’t one of them

For all her moves to reverse Magufuli’s economic legacy, Hassan shows little interest in political freedom

29 July 2021 - 19:47 By Fumbuka Ng'Wanakilala and Matthew Hill

Tanzania’s new president Samia Hassan won accolades from Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, and fellow billionaire Muhammad Dewji for her business-friendly noises. But her government’s crackdown on opposition leaders this week is raising some concern.

Since she took office on March 19, Hassan – Africa’s only female head of government – has signalled a new business-friendly era, pledging to reverse her predecessor’s policies that antagonised investors and hit foreign investments. Hassan, 61, promised to dismantle barriers put up by former president John Magufuli and resurrect a $30bn natural gas project, prompting Dangote and Dewji to say Tanzania seems to be opening for business again...

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