EU to review Tanzania policies


The European Union is launching a comprehensive review of its policies towards Tanzania and would resume dialogue with authorities there once it was completed.

In a statement EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, bloc member states said they were concerned about the recent political situation in Tanzania, citing restrictions on the media and political parties and threats against LGBTI people.

The announcement comes after Denmark suspended nearly $10 million worth of aid money to the East African nation on the same day the World Bank scrapped a plan to loan Tanzania $300 million after the country reaffirmed its policy of banning pregnant girls from school and made it a crime to question official statistics.

The EU said pressure from the Tanzanian government on its ambassador forced his departure and return to Brussels, as deteriorating rights and freedoms in the East African nation come under fire from western donors.
“This unprecedented attitude is not in line with the tradition of bilateral dialogue and consultation between the two parties, which the EU deeply regrets,” the bloc said in a statement.

Earlier this month, the EU recalled its envoy in Tanzania and said it was going to review relations with the country in response to the announcement of a planned crackdown on homosexuality.