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Vol 59 No 1

Published 12th January 2018


Tanzania

Crushing the enemies within

President Magufuli's clampdown on political opponents and the media will continue unabated, which won't help the economy

A tough twelve months lie ahead in Tanzania. The economy will continue to slow down. Under-pressure tax collectors will continue to squeeze domestic investors while foreign businesses understand that, although the regime is markedly less friendly than that of ex-President Jakaya Kikwete, informal negotiated settlements will remain the basis of much investment and taxation. We may see investment trickling back from the non-traditional investors who are more accustomed to such approaches. For women and sexual minorities, it will be a particularly difficult year. They will continue to feel the force of President John Magufuli's social conservatism. Politically, the state will double down on recent efforts to cripple opposition parties, and to stifle civil society and freedom of expression.

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