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About Charles
Charles Kombe is a highly experienced freelance journalist and researcher based in Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania. With over five years of experience in the media industry, he has collaborated with both national and international organizations such as DW, VOA, BBC, Vice News, Swedish Public Broadcaster, and Voice of Liberia, among others. Currently, he is working as a producer for the Voice of America and Deutsche Welle, and is available for assignments across Africa and overseas.

In addition to his international work, Kombe has also worked as a freelance radio producer for various national programs, including Tanzania National Parks, Ngorongoro Area Authority, and the Workers Compensation Fund. With his broad range of skills and experience, Kombe is a highly qualified professional who can provide exceptional services as a producer on a variety of projects.
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Tanzania Gears Up to Host AFCON 2027

Critics Say Chinese Ruling Party Training School Could Weaken African Democracy

01 Oct 2023  |  www.voanews.com
Members of Tanzania's ruling party and politicians from six African countries attended a Chinese Communist Party training school aimed at strengthening Chinese outreach to Africa. Critics argue that the training undermines democratic efforts in Africa by promoting Beijing’s model of one-party rule.

Drought Weighs on Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam

01 Oct 2023  |  www.voanews.com
Residents in Dar es Salaam are facing severe water shortages due to a drop in the Ruvu River's water levels, leading to rationing by local authorities. The drought has significantly impacted local businesses, with street restaurant owner Elizabeth Maemo experiencing financial losses. Private water vendors like Suphian Msofe are profiting, although the water quality is poor. Environmental activists, including Frowim Mshumbus from the One Planet network, emphasize the need for long-term solutions to address the city's water challenges exacerbated by global warming.

Media in Tanzania Relieved as Government Lifts Ban on Four Newspapers

01 Oct 2023  |  www.voanews.com
The Tanzanian government, under President Samia Hassan, has lifted a ban on four newspapers, a move welcomed by the media as a step towards upholding press freedom. The decision, which restored the licenses of Mwanahalisi, Mawio, Mseto, and Tanzania Daima, was part of Hassan's promise to support journalistic freedom. However, the government has also suspended other papers for violating media laws. The Media Institute of Southern Africa in Tanzania praised the decision but called for further amendments to media laws. The late President John Magufuli's administration was criticized for suppressing the press, and the recent actions by Hassan's government are seen as promising by media stakeholders.

Tanzanian Woman Learns Boxing to Fight Gender-Based Violence

01 Oct 2023  |  www.voanews.com
In response to the rising cases of gender-based violence in Tanzania during the pandemic, some women are taking up boxing as a means of self-defense. The initiative highlights the growing need for women to protect themselves and combat violence through empowerment and physical training.

Tanzania Opposition Condemns Arrest of Chadema Party Members

01 Oct 2023  |  www.voanews.com
Opposition and rights activists in Tanzania have condemned the arrest of several members of the Chadema party, who were organizing a forum to discuss constitutional reforms. The arrests are seen as an attempt by President Samia Suluhu Hassan's government to silence the opposition. Chadema leaders and critics argue that the current constitution favors the ruling Revolutionary Party and are demanding a new constitution. Police declared the gathering illegal, citing the need to prioritize economic stability. Analysts suggest that while President Hassan has shown some positive steps, incidents like these highlight weaknesses in her administration.

Shrinking Ice Cap on Kilimanjaro Threatens Tourism in Tanzania

01 Oct 2023  |  www.voanews.com
The ice cap on Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro is predicted to melt by 2050 due to climate change, posing a threat to local tourism. Studies indicate the glacier has shrunk by 80% since the early 20th century. The mountain, a significant source of income for the region, attracts 50,000 tourists annually. Local tour operators and conservationists express concerns about the economic and environmental impacts. The United Nations suggests limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius to save the glacier. Conservation efforts, including public education and tree planting, are being encouraged to mitigate climate change effects.

Ethiopian Government, OLA Talks Continue in Tanzania

03 May 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
Talks between the Ethiopian government and the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) are ongoing in Tanzania, mediated by Kenya and Norway. The discussions aim to address the rise in ethnic tensions and violence in Ethiopia. Analysts like Abbas Mwalimu and Ibrahim Rahbi emphasize the need for constitutional revisions and careful management of regional military integration to achieve lasting peace. The American-Ethiopian Public Affairs Committee (AEPAC) calls for a guaranteed cessation of violence by the OLA before meaningful negotiations. The talks have received mixed reactions, with some hopeful for resolution and others skeptical.

Peace Talks Between Ethiopian Government, OLA Continue in Tanzania

28 Apr 2023  |  allAfrica.com
Peace talks between Ethiopia's federal government and the rebel Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) have commenced in Zanzibar, Tanzania, mediated by Kenya and Norway. The discussions aim to address the rise in ethnic tensions and violence in Ethiopia. Analysts like Abbas Mwalimu view the talks as a positive step but stress the need for constitutional revisions to achieve lasting peace. The integration of regional fighters into the national army is a contentious issue, with experts like Ibrahim Rahbi warning of potential conflicts. The American-Ethiopian Public Affairs Committee calls for a cessation of violence by OLA-Shene before meaningful negotiations. The talks are ongoing, with both sides committed to finding a peaceful resolution.

Peace Talks Between Ethiopian Government, OLA Continue in Tanzania

24 Apr 2023  |  voanews.com
Peace talks between the Ethiopian federal government and the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) have commenced in Zanzibar, Tanzania, mediated by Kenya and Norway. The talks aim to address the ethnic tensions and violence in Ethiopia. Analysts and lecturers like Abbas Mwalimu view the discussions positively but suggest constitutional revisions for lasting peace. Regional analyst Ibrahim Rahbi highlights the tensions arising from integrating regional fighters into the national army. The Zanzibar government, through spokesperson Charles Hillary, has stated their role is limited to providing a venue. The American-Ethiopian Public Affairs Committee (AEPAC) insists on a cessation of violence by OLA-Shene for effective negotiations. The OLA denies involvement in ethnic violence, and the talks are set to continue with both parties committed to a peaceful resolution.

Shrinking Ice Cap on Mount Kilimanjaro Threatens Tourism in Tanzania

11 Apr 2023  |  Voice of America
The article discusses the concerns surrounding the shrinking ice cap on Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest peak, located in Tanzania. United Nations experts have predicted that the ice cap will completely melt by 2050 due to climate change. This poses a significant threat to the local tourism industry, which relies heavily on the mountain's iconic status and natural beauty. The article also touches on the efforts by scientists to explore possible interventions to prevent the melting, although it remains uncertain whether these efforts will be successful.

As Muslims in Tanzania observe the month of Ramadan, they are facing increased food prices and uncertainty of supplies. Charles Kombe spoke to residents in Dar es Salaam and has this story.

Increasing Food Prices Threaten Ramadan Celebrations in Tanzania

01 Apr 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
Millions of Muslims are observing Ramadan, but increasing food prices and uncertain supplies are posing significant challenges. The situation in Dar es Salaam highlights the economic difficulties faced during this holy month.

Harris Visit to Tanzania Comes Amid Improved Relations Under Hassan

29 Mar 2023  |  www.voanews.com
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris's visit to Tanzania highlights the improved relations between the U.S. and Tanzania under President Samia Suluhu Hassan. Unlike her predecessor John Magufuli, who was known for his authoritarian approach and alignment with China, Hassan has committed to fostering democracy. This visit underscores the positive diplomatic shift and the strengthening of bilateral ties.

Marburg Virus Spreads in Tanzania, Health Officials on High Alert

21 Mar 2023  |  www.voanews.com
Tanzania's Ministry of Health confirmed five deaths in the country's first Marburg virus outbreak near the Uganda border. The virus, deadlier than Ebola, causes severe hemorrhagic fever. Health officials, including Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu, are intensifying efforts to contain the outbreak through contact tracing and public awareness. The World Health Organization is collaborating with Tanzania to prevent further spread, emphasizing community involvement. Health Promotion Tanzania's Peter Bujari highlighted the need for government support to healthcare workers. The outbreak remains confined to the Kagera region, with no new infections reported.

Unidentified Illness Kills Five in Tanzania, Sparks Ebola Fears

18 Mar 2023  |  allAfrica.com
Health officials in Tanzania are investigating an unidentified illness in the northwest Kagera region that has killed five people and exhibits Ebola-like symptoms. The Ministry of Health has dispatched rapid response teams to analyze the disease, and samples have been taken for further investigation. The regional commissioner emphasized the importance of precautions, although no Ebola cases have been confirmed. Tanzania has a history of dealing with rare diseases but has never recorded an Ebola case. The situation has raised concerns due to the proximity to Uganda, which recently experienced an Ebola outbreak.

Tanzania Opposition Leader Tundu Lissu Returns From Exile

25 Jan 2023  |  www.voanews.com
Tanzania opposition leader Tundu Lissu has returned from self-imposed exile in Belgium, welcomed by hundreds of supporters. Lissu, who survived an assassination attempt in 2017, called for political change and a new constitution. His return follows President Samia Hassan's lifting of a ban on political rallies, marking a shift from the policies of her predecessor, John Magufuli. Lissu's supporters view his return as a step towards democracy and political rights in Tanzania.

Body of Tanzanian Killed in Russia's War On Ukraine Heads Home for Burial

25 Jan 2023  |  allAfrica.com
The body of Nemes Tarimo, a Tanzanian who died fighting for Russia in Ukraine, is being returned to Tanzania for burial. Tarimo had agreed to fight for the Wagner Group in exchange for release from a Russian prison. Tanzanian Foreign Minister Stergomena Tax confirmed his death and emphasized that Tanzanian law prohibits citizens from joining foreign armies. Tarimo had been studying in Russia before his arrest on drug charges. His death is similar to that of Zambian Lemekhani Nyirenda, who also died fighting for the Wagner Group. The Wagner Group has been accused of human rights abuses in various regions.

Body of Tanzanian Killed in Russia’s War on Ukraine Heads Home for Burial

17 Jan 2023  |  www.voanews.com
The body of Nemes Tarimo, a Tanzanian who died fighting for Russia in Ukraine, is being returned home for burial. Tarimo had agreed to fight for the Wagner Group in exchange for release from a Russian prison. Tanzanian Foreign Minister Stergomena Tax confirmed his death and emphasized that Tanzanian law prohibits citizens from joining foreign armies. Tarimo had been studying in Russia before his arrest on drug charges. His death is similar to that of Zambian student Lemekhani Nyirenda, who also died fighting for the Wagner Group. The Wagner Group has been accused of rights abuses in various countries.

Tanzanian Student Killed in Battle in Ukraine

10 Jan 2023  |  www.voanews.com
A Tanzanian student, Nemes Tarimo, who was imprisoned in Russia on drug charges, was killed fighting for Russia's Wagner Group in Ukraine. His family, unaware of his involvement, received confirmation of his death from the Tanzanian Embassy in Moscow. Tarimo, who had no military training, was reportedly promised freedom in exchange for fighting. His body remains in Russia, with plans for repatriation to Tanzania. The incident highlights the recruitment of African prisoners by Wagner to fight in Ukraine.

Shrinking Ice Cap On Kilimanjaro Threatens Tourism in Tanzania

21 Dec 2022  |  allAfrica.com
The ice cap on Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro is predicted to melt by 2050 due to climate change, threatening local tourism and income. Experts like Julius Keyyu confirm the glacier's shrinkage, while tour operators like Agatha Bernad express concerns over economic impacts. The United Nations and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change highlight the need to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius to save the glacier. Conservation efforts, including public education and tree planting, are emphasized by Imani Kikoti of Kilimanjaro National Park.

Challenges facing women in sports in Tanzania

Women challenges in Rural Tanzania

It’s been a month since Tanzania’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, put residents on water rations after a drop in the city’s main water source, the Ruvu River.

Tanzania: Report - Tanzania's Elephant Population Recovering

04 Nov 2022  |  allAfrica.com
Tanzania's elephant population is recovering, with a recent census showing stabilization after a significant decline due to poaching. The survey, covering 90,000 square kilometers, recorded nearly 20,000 elephants, indicating that the region is crucial for elephant numbers in East Africa and has the largest population outside Zimbabwe and Botswana. Efforts by the government and stakeholders have reduced poaching, with the carcass to live animal ratio dropping from 14 percent in 2018 to 1.4 percent. The Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute highlights the potential for increased tourism revenue and the possibility of becoming a U.N. World Heritage Site. The census also showed stable populations of other key mammal species, which is seen as a positive sign for the country's tourism industry.

Report: Tanzania's Elephant Population Recovering

03 Nov 2022  |  www.voanews.com
Tanzania's Ministry of Tourism has announced that the country's elephant population is stabilizing, recovering from a 60 percent decline between 2009 and 2014 due to poaching. Conservation efforts with local communities have led to a significant reduction in poaching, with the elephant carcass to live animal ratio dropping from 14 percent in 2018 to 1.4 percent. The recent census covered 90,000 square kilometers and recorded just under 20,000 elephants, making Tanzania's landscape the most important in East Africa for elephant numbers. The stabilization of elephant populations, along with 25 other key mammal species, is seen as a positive sign for the future of tourism in Tanzania, potentially increasing national income and positioning the country as a prime tourist destination.

Drought Weighs On Tanzania's Dar es Salaam

29 Oct 2022  |  allafrica.com
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's commercial capital, is facing water shortages due to a drop in the Ruvu River's water level, leading to rationing for its nearly 6 million residents. The drought has affected businesses like Elizabeth Maemo's restaurant, which now incurs higher costs for water. The city's water supply has decreased significantly, forcing residents to rely on boreholes, wells, or expensive private vendors like Suphian Msofe, who admits the water sold is salty and not suitable for drinking. Environmental activist Frowim Mshumbus from the One Planet network suggests that educating people on protecting water sources is crucial for addressing the water challenges exacerbated by commercial activities along the Ruvu River and global warming.

Tanzania, Kenya Agree to Fast-Track Construction of Gas Pipeline Project

11 Oct 2022  |  allAfrica.com
Tanzania and Kenya have agreed to expedite the construction of a natural gas pipeline to enhance trade and reduce energy costs. The agreement was made during bilateral talks between Tanzanian President Samia Hassan and Kenyan President William Ruto in Dar es Salaam. The project, initially agreed upon last year by Hassan and former Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, has yet to begin construction. The two nations have resolved most of their trade barriers, with efforts ongoing to address the remaining issues. The pipeline is expected to span approximately 600 kilometers between Dar es Salaam and Mombasa.

Despite endorsements by some public officials, medical experts warn no treatments should be taken at face value until scientifically tested

Opposition and demiocracy in Tanzania

My story regarding the death of Tanzania's President John Magufuli

Tanzania during Covid 19 pandemic. I worked with Vice News on this story as a local producer in Dar es Salaam and we ended up with this fantastic piece.

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As cases of gender-based violence have increased in Tanzania during the pandemic, some women are learning ways to fight back — including using their fists.

Despite government efforts to rein it in, the practice of female circumcision continues secretly in the country's cattle-raising rural areas

While many countries with Muslim populations have imposed coronavirus restrictions during the holy month of Ramadhan, Tanzania, which is more than a third Muslim, has not. Despite President Samia Suluhu Hassan's shift away from her predecessor's Covid den

Tanzania’s Zanzibar Island Helps Ukrainians Stranded by Russia’s Invasion

01 Mar 2022  |  www.voanews.com
Authorities in Zanzibar are assisting around 900 Ukrainian tourists stranded due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. President Hussein Mwinyi announced efforts to support these tourists, including discussions with hotel owners and coordination with Ukraine's embassy in Kenya. The goal is to evacuate the tourists to Poland, which has already accepted 400,000 Ukrainian refugees. The UNHCR reported over 660,000 Ukrainians have fled to neighboring countries in the past six days.

Tanzania Court Says Leader of Main Opposition Party Must Stand Trial

11 Feb 2022  |  www.voanews.com
A Tanzanian court has ruled that Freeman Mbowe, leader of the opposition Chadema party, and three former military soldiers must stand trial on terrorism charges, which the party claims are politically motivated. The decision was made by Judge Joachim Tiganga of the High Court’s Division of Corruption and Economic Sabotage. Despite hopes for dismissal following a meeting between President Samia Hassan and Chadema’s vice-chairman Tissu Lindu, the charges remain. The case has drawn significant attention and criticism from Chadema supporters and observers.

Tanzanian region lowers maternal death rate

22 Jan 2022  |  www.dw.com
In Tanzania, the Simiyu region is experiencing a decrease in maternal mortality rates due to improvements in basic health care during pregnancy and delivery. This development is significant as the country has previously ranked low globally in maternal health outcomes.

Tanzania's Female President Appoints Woman as Defense Minister

15 Sep 2021  |  www.voanews.com
Tanzania's President Samia Suluhu Hassan appointed Stergomena Tax as the country's first female defense and national service minister, continuing her trend of appointing women to high government positions. This move aims to dispel the myth that women cannot serve in such roles. Gender activists, while welcoming the appointment, call for further legal reforms and education to bridge the gender equality gap. Sociologist Nasor Kitunda and human rights activist Aika Peter provided their perspectives on the significance of gender in political appointments and the need for leadership diversity.

Tanzanian Police: Gunman Who Killed 4 Last Week Was 'Terrorist'

02 Sep 2021  |  voanews.com
Tanzanian police have classified the August 25 shooting in Dar es Salaam, where Hamza Mohamed killed three police officers and a security guard, as a terrorist attack. The director of Criminal Investigations, Camillius Wambura, revealed that Mohamed was influenced by online terrorist content from organizations like al-Shabab and ISIS. This incident marks the first shooting described as a terrorist attack in Tanzania since the 1998 U.S. embassy bombing by al-Qaida. Local resident Eugene Michael expressed fear over the potential presence of other undetected terrorist suspects in the community.

Many Tanzanians Still Resisting COVID-19 Preventive Measures

21 Jul 2021  |  www.voanews.com
Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan has shifted from her predecessor's pandemic denial to advocate for preventive measures such as social distancing, handwashing, and mask-wearing. Despite these efforts, the majority of the Tanzanian public appears to be ignoring these guidelines as the third wave of COVID-19 spreads across Africa.

Tanzania's Main Opposition Leader Freeman Mbowe Arrested

21 Jul 2021  |  www.voanews.com
Freeman Mbowe, leader of Tanzania's main opposition party Chadema, was arrested along with 10 other members before a conference on constitutional reforms. Chadema condemned the arrests as a continuation of the dictatorship under former President John Magufuli. The whereabouts of Mbowe remain unknown, and the party demands police disclose his location and reasons for the arrest. Deputy chairperson Tundu Lissu called for international support for Tanzanian civil society and an end to subsidies for the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi party.

Tanzania Opening Up Tourism Despite Pandemic

Ramadan Gatherings Continue in Tanzania amid COVID-19

COVID Cases Increase in Tanzania, Despite Government Denial

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A fresh start for Tanzania?

05 May 2021  |  www.dw.com
Tanzania's new president, Samia Suluhu Hassan, has taken initial steps that suggest a potential reversal of the erosion of democratic freedoms experienced under her predecessor, sparking hope for change in the country.

Tanzania Preparedness to halt the spread of Covid 19

Ever since Tanzania’s president endorsed inhaling steam to prevent coronavirus, some have flocked to shops selling steam-machines – even though health experts say there is no evidence the method has any impact on COVID-19

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