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Mwananchi Communications Limited

Mwananchi Communications Limited

According to the Director of Tanzania Information Services who also serves as the Registrar of Newspapers in the country, Mwananchi Commmunications Company is owned by Nation Media Group of Kenya (49%) and Bhalo Jehangir Kermali Bhaloo (51%). Until recently, based on a questionnaire filled by the company itself, Nation Media Group has held 99% shares and Linus Githai owns 1% shares. The foreign ownership exceeded the legal threshold of 49% which has led to the recent change in ownership.

The Managing Director of MCL is Francis Majige Nanai and the Editor-in-Chief is Bakari Machumu.

The Company publishes MWANANCHI, a Kiswahili-language leading daily in Tanzania and its Sunday edition MWANANCHI JUMAPILI, and MWANASPOTI, a bi-weekly sports and entertainment newspaper that was launched on February 12, 2001. The English-language newspapers are THE CITIZEN and its Sunday edition, THE SUNDAY CITIZEN. The Company also publishes several magazines in both English and Kiswahili languages. The Company publications were printed by contract until 2005, when it acquired a second hand printing press from Australia.

The history of Mwananchi Communications Limited can be traced back to 1999 when Ambassador Ferdnand Ruhinda established a communication company, Media Communication Limited and in April 2001 established a new company named Advertising Agency & Public Relations. However, the same year (2001), the role of publishing was shifted from Media Comminication Limited to a newly registered publishing company, Mwananchi Communications Limited that Ambassador Ruhinda established in partnership with Rostam Aziz. The National Media Group of Kenya purched the controlling shares In December 2002 and MCL became in subsidiary in Tanzania.



Key facts

Mother Company

Nation Media Group Limited

Business Form


Legal Form

Limited Liability Company

Business Sectors

Mwananchi Communications Limited and Mwanaspoti Nwspaper are registered Online Content Service at TCRA. Malezo. BRELA



Nation Media Group Limited

The Kenya-based Nation Media Group (NMG) holds according to BRELA 60% of the shares. This is might outdated as the foreign ownership has been reduced according to company representatives. NMG is operated by the Aga Khan Foundation that is owned by his Highness Aga Khan.

Nation Media Group Limited

Jeangir Kermalzi Bhalov

Tanzanian national. Majority shareholder as of 2018.

Media Outlets
Other Media Outlets

Other Print Outlets


Other Online Outlets


Media Business

Print Media Publisher

Mwananchi Communications Limited

Online Content Services

Mwananchi Communications Limited

Onlne Content Services

Mwanasporti Newspaper


only media business

General Information

Founding Year

Registration 2000, Launch 2001


Aziz Rostam - is a politician, businessman and among the richest Tanzanians. He resigned from all the positions he held in CCM in 2011. #
Ruhinda Ferdinand – Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. He is a member of the ruling party.




Mwananchi Communications Limited (MCL);

P.O Box 19754, Dar es Salaam;

Tel.: +255754780647;

Fax: +255222224875;;

Tax/ ID Number

TAX ID 100-895-803
BRELA Incorporation N°41222

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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Executive Board

Francis Nanai

Non-Executive Board

Leonard Mussusa

Supervisory Board

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Other Influential People

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Further Information

Passive Transparency

upon request, ownership data is easily available from the company/channel

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Meta Data

Company profile at BRELA outdated (conflict concerning foreign ownership). Return of questionnaire and Maelezo licensing document.

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