Tanzania’s new president, Samia Suluhu Hassan, has said the country should unite and avoid pointing fingers after the death of John Magufuli, her Covid-19 skeptic predecessor. Wearing a red hijab, she took her oath of office on the Qur’an in a ceremony at State House in the east African country’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. She is the first female head of state in the country of 58 million.
At least 20 people, including five children, have been killed in a stampede during a church service at a stadium in Tanzania. Some 16 others were also injured in the crush as hundreds of worshippers rushed to walk on “blessed oil” at the prayer meeting in the northern town of Moshi, near the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. The event had been organized by pastor Boniface Mwamposa.
A crackdown on LGBT communities in Tanzania is underway as the regional governor of the country’s largest city vowed to arrest people suspected of being gay by next week. Surveillance teams have been created to find and arrest people in same-sex relationships. Homosexual acts are illegal in Tanzania and anti-gay sentiment has increased since 2015.
Tanzania has held a mass funeral for people who died when an overturned fuel tanker exploded on Saturday. Officials have said people were trying to siphon fuel from the vehicle on a main road in the Morogoro region when it exploded, killing 71. Correspondents say disasters like this have happened all too frequently in parts of Africa where some people are willing to take huge risks to remove fuel from tankers and pipelines.