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Tanzania becomes fourth African country to raise minimum wage after Morocco, Kenya, Zanzibar

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Tanzania has become the fourth African country in the last three weeks to raise the minimum wage of public servants after Morocco, Kenya and Zanzibar announced similar increases.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan who announced the wage increase on Saturday, said parliament decided on a wage increase of 23.3%, while also increasing the salaries of government workers for the first time since 2016.

“The salary increment was approved considering the country’s gross domestic product, domestic revenue and developments in both the local and global economies,” a statement from the President’s office said.

The minumum wage increase is a sharp departure from the policies of her late predecessor, John Magufuli, whose government was dogged by protests about high cost of living in the country.

Since coming to power last year following the death of Magufuli, Hassan has pursued a different path and has attempted to break with some of Magufuli’s policies by reaching out to the opposition and reversing most of his policies which were deemed to be anti-people.

Magufuli had bluntly refused to review wages following his election in October 2015, rather pursuing infrastructural plans by developing ports and railways and reviving the national airline.

By 2020, Tanzania’s economy had slowed to an all time low of 4.8%, barely edging upward to 4.9% the following year, as COVID-19 travel restrictions battered the tourism sector which is a key earner in the East African country.

During the Labour Day celebration on May 1, trade unions and civil servants led demonstrations in Tanzania’s capital Dodoma calling for an increase in wages, with many holding up placards saying: “Better salaries and benefits for workers is our demand.”

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Weeks after justices protest, Nigeria’s Chief Justice, Tanko Muhammad resigns

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Nigeria’s Chief Justice, Justice Tanko Muhammad, has resigned.

Sources confirmed that Justice Muhammad resigned on Sunday night, citing ill-health as the reason for his decision.

Hint of potential crises in Nigeria’s judiciary played out last week when fourteen Justices of the Supreme Court wrote to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Muhammad, lamenting the parlous state of affairs in the court.

The petition is the first-of-its-kind in the 58-year history of the apex court, the justices chronicled the operational challenges that have almost crippled the efficient adjudication of cases at the court.

Arrangements are said to be ongoing to swear in the next most senior justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 suspended Justice Tanko’s predecessor Chief Justice, Walter Onnoghen, 15 days after allegations of impropriety were lodged against the most senior judge in the country. It was the first time that Nigeria’s head of state had sacked a chief justice since 1975, when the country was under military rule.

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18 years after suspension, Zimbabwe lobbys for readmission into Commonwealth

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Southern African Zimbabwe has continued with lobbying for readmission 18 years after it was thrown out of the body over allegations of human rights abuses.

The country made its latest move to be readmitted at the ongoing Commonwealth summit in Rwanda.

Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Rwanda Charity Manyeruke, who is attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali as an observer alongside other top government officials, told newsmen that the country’s participation at the summit was a “positive development.”

“Zimbabwe is excited to be participating in Commonwealth forums as this presents opportunities to network with the international community taking into account the government of Zimbabwe’s policy of engagement and reengagement,” Ms Manyeruke said.

“The Commonwealth meeting in Kigali has provided opportunities for our Zimbabwean diaspora across the globe, who are participating as panellists, facilitators and as delegates in the forums.

Zimbabwe was first suspended from the councils of the Commonwealth for one year, after international observers condemned disputed presidential election as unfairly tilted toward Robert Mugabe in 2022.

One year after the suspension, Mr Mugabe revealed that he did not accept a Commonwealth decision to prolong Zimbabwe’s suspension from the group until the country mended its ways.

“Accordingly, Zimbabwe has withdrawn its membership from the Commonwealth with immediate effect,” said a government statement.

Zimbabwe’s Foreign Affairs deputy minister David Musabayana said he had held meetings with influential people to discuss the country’s potential readmission.

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