The Horn of Africa continues to experience a devastating drought, creating a historic food crisis in the region. Food insecurity has hit Somalia ... particularly hard, where some 7 million people have been affected. But President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s recent deal on khat imports has made many question his priorities.
Tanzania’s new President Samia Suluhu Hassan, is now being accused of not only continuing in her predecessor John Magufuli’s security tactics, but also of using repressive policies to maintain a one-party state.
In regional matters, Tanzania has deployed the second most military personnel, 270 to date, to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM).
“For President Samia Suluhu Hassan, the challenge is to protect Tanzania’s security, calm Mozambique’s concerns, manage Rwanda’s attempt to expand its sphere of influence into southern Africa, and ensure her acceptability to the Tanzanian political and security elite,” reports Africa Confidential.
The fight against the Islamists
- In 2017, the police and Tanzania People’s Defence Force (TPDF) rooted out Islamists who had Salafist and jihadist followings that were different from the traditional local Muslim establishment and attracted disaffected youth.
- Many were killed, but some escaped to Cabo Delgado, while others ended up in the DRC via Burundi.
- Now, Tanzania is defending itself from fighters entering into the country amongst the thousands displaced by the Cabo Delgado insurgency and crossing the border.
Samia’s security in office
Following Magufuli’s death, there were rumours that some did not want then Vice-President Hassan to take over, however, the top generals in the army guaranteed her succession as per Article 37 of the Constitution.
While her first 100 days in office appeared promising, having opened more freedom of expression, recent actions against the opposition suggest she will not veer that far off the path of Magufuli.
President Hassan has not strayed far from her predecessor’s policies, both domestically and across the region.
The full version of this article can be found in Africa Confidential.
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