Mtanzania is a daily newspaper publishing news and information on current affairs in politics, economics, social issues, entertainment and sports. The online version “mtanzania.co.tz” includes full editorial from Mtanzania’s print edition, as well as Web-only features.
According to Audience share based on GeoPoll survey (2018), Mtanzania newspaper is ranked 3rd among the news-focused publications, with XX.XXX% readership. The company publishes also The African, Bingwa, Dimba (Arena), and Rai (Opinion) newspapers.
It was first published in 1995 by Mtanzania Limited with 20.000 copies. After it was owned by Habari Corporation Limited, it now is published by New Habari (2006) Limited.
According to Business Registrations and Licensing Agency (2018), New Habari (2006) Limited is owned by two shareholders, namely by Hassan Haidari (750 shares) and Gulam Abdulrasul who as well hold 750 shares of the company. While the shareholders on paper are not very well known, Tanzania’s first billionaire and former MP of the governing party CCM, Rostam Aziz, is known as owner and investor, e.g. according to an IREX publication and Forbes. He has publicly stated that he has acquired Habari Corp (HCL), a company publishing several newspapers and the proprietor of the media training institute Mamet. However, his name does not appear on the list of shareholders of Isenegeja which effected this purchase, nor on that of New Habari which was created to run this press company and which he nevertheless claims to own. Besides that, Aziz also has a shareholding in Vodacom Tanzania and also built a fortune from stakes in contract mining firm Caspian Mining, a Port in Dar es Salaam, extensive real estate in Tanzania and the Middle East.
In 2013, Mtanzania was banned for 90 days by the government due to “emotional” reporting.
The company registered office of business is at Bibi Titi Mohamed Street, Dares salaam Plot No. 236. According to BRELA (2018), the Company is required to update the records on the online registration system (ORS).
Media Companies / Groups
New Habari (2006) Ltd
Mtanzania is published by New Habari (2006) Limited which is associated to Rostam Aziz.
Group / Individual Owner
Gulam Abdulrasul Chakkar
keeps a low profile. Is according to the whistleblower website Jamii Forum associated with Rostam. He also appears as one of the shareholders in the controversial Tanzania International Container Terminal Services (TICTS).
Hassan Haydar Omar
keeps a low profile. No information.
Sept. 11th 1995
Launched by the Dimba-Mtanzania-Rai-consortium of which Jenerali Ulimwengu was chair. In that group also were amongst others i. Jenerali Ulimwengu ii. Salvatory Rweyemamu iii. Johnson Mbwambo iv. Gideon Shoo v. Shaban Kanuwa.
Hussein Bashe - Member of Parliament for CCM. Prior to that position, he has worked in several positions within the party, e.g. in the General Comitee and as Secretary for Economic and Finance. He has worked for Mwananchi Communication..
Absalon Kibanda - is a veteran journalist and chairman of the Tanzania Editors Forum. In 2013, he was attacked and tortured by three unidentified assailants with a gun and sharp metal objects. This attack was said to have political motives.
Other Important People
Rostam Aziz - Tanzania’s first billionaire and former MP of the governing party CCM, Rostam Aziz, is known as owner and investor.
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Audience share based on GeoPoll survey (Aug 30 – Sep 1st, 2018), commissioned by MOM Tanzania. Special interest newspapers such as sport news were excluded of the ownership analysis.