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Uhuru Publications Limited

UHURU Publications Limited (UPL) is one of the major publishing houses in Tanzania. It was established by Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) in early 1990s. UPL publishes a Kiswahili daily tablod UHURU and two other weekly newspapers MZALENDO and BURUDANI which is for entertainment.

The history of UHURU Publications Limited dates back to April 1962 when Tanganyika African National Union (TANU) established Mwananchi Printing and Publishing Company whose Board of Directors was filled up with ministers, other politicians and party cadres. In 1966, on recommendation from the government, TANU agreed to split its Mwananchi Printing and Publishing Company into two companies. Printing was put under te newly formed National Printing Company (Kiwanda cha Taifa cha Uchapaji –KIUT) that was placed under the National Development Corporation (NDC) while publishing was left with the reconstructed Mwananchi Publishing Company (1966) Limited. However, Mwananchi Publishing Company (1966) Ltd was later renamed Shirika la Magazeti ya Chama which in early 1990s was renamed UHURU Publications Limited. UPL aquired a web-offset press in 1995 and operated it under a subsidiary company named Modern Newspapers Printers, making UHURU the first local Kiswahili newspaper to print in colour on its own press.

Following the changes that took place in 1966, Benjamin William Mkapa, former Managing Editor of TANU who owned The Nationalist newspaper and later became the third phase President of the United Republic of Tanzania, took over as Managing Editor of the party newspapers. The first Managing Editor was Roland Mwanjisi followed by Joel Mgogo.

The Managing Editor is appointed by the Central Committee of CCM on recommendation from the Board of UPL. Currently, UPL has no Board after its members resigned in September 2016 following the visit of CCM Chairman and President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr. John Pombe Magufuli, to UPL and employees told him about mismanagement and maladministration prevailing in UPL.

Key facts

Mother Company

UHURU Media Group

Business Form

Private

Legal Form

Limited Liability Company

Business Sectors

Uhuru Publications Limited is registered at (MAELEZO) Tanzania Information Services – Ministry of Information as publisher of several print media products.

Ownership

Individual Owner

Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM)

is a merger between Tanganyika African National Union (TANU) and Afro-Shirazi Party (ASP), two political parties that steer headed the struggle for independence in Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar respectively. The parties merged on February 5, 1977.

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Media Outlets
Other Media Outlets

Other Print Outlets

Uhuru

Other Radio Outlets

Uhuru Radio

Facts

Media Business

Uhuru Publications Limited

Free Media Limited

Radio

People’s Communication Media

Business

none

none

General Information

Founding Year

Launched on independence day (December 9th 1961), the sucessor of Sauti ya TANU.

Founder

Tanganyika African National Union (TANU) - was the principal political party in the struggle for sovereignty in the East African state of Tanganyika (now Tanzania). The party was formed from the Tanganyika African Association by Julius Nyerere in July 1954. From 1964 the party was called Tanzania African National Union.

Employees

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Contact

Uhuru Publications Limited

P. O. Box 9221

Dar Es Salaam

uhurunews@yahoo.com

tel: +255222183782

Fax: +255283780

Tax/ ID Number

BRELA Incorporation N°62262

Financial Information

Revenue (Financial Data/ Optional)

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Operating Profit (in Mill. $)

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Advertising (in % of total funding)

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Management

Executive Board

Currently, UPL has no Board after its members resigned in September 2016 following the visit of CCM Chairman and President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr. John Pombe Magufuli, to UPL and employees told him about mismanagement and maladministration prevailing in UPL

Other Influential People

Ernest Sungura (CEO) - Chief Leader Uhuru Media Group. He founded Tanzania Media Foundation (TMF) and has resigned in 2018, when he joined the party.

Further Information

Data Unavailable

ownership data is not publicly available, company/channel denies the release of information or does not respond, no public record exists

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Meta Data

Company registered at BRELA, profile requested, still pending. Questionnaires were not returned.

Sources

Former Managing Editing, UHURU Publications Limited. Media Ownership Monitor Questionnaire UHURU Publications Limited.

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