Saturday 23 September 2017
(Voice of America 06/19/13)
WASHINGTON, DC — In June, Japan made a five-year commitment of $32 billion dollars in public and private funding to Africa. It will be used in areas prioritized as necessary for growth by the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (or TICAD). Japan’s new pledge is nearly four times larger than its last commitment to the group. The plan of action is ambitious. Japanese funds will help in a number of areas, including trade, infrastructure, private sector development, health and education, good governance and food production. Boosting agricultural production. TICAD wants African agriculture to grow by five percent a year and double the output of one crop that’s also a main food source and cultural symbol for Japan: rice...
(In2 East Africa 06/19/13)
East African Affairs ministers are meeting in Arusha, Tanzania the 18th Sectoral council of ministers. The 18-21 June meeting will be held through the sessions of senior officials; the co-ordination committee (Permanent Secretaries); and the ministerial session. The four-day meeting is expected to critically consider a report on the implementation of previous decision of the sectoral council of ministers responsible for EAC affairs and planning, a progress report on the status of implementation of the EAC Common Market, and a report of the 1st EAC Secretary General’s Forum among others. It also expected to consider a report on the study on equitable sharing of costs and benefits of EAC integration, a progress report on elimination of non-tariff barriers, a report...
(Reuters 06/18/13)
Supporters of the Chadema opposition party gathered in the northern city of Arusha to mourn the three people killed and the more than 50 people injured there in Saturday's blast, they said. The latest violence in Tanzania threatens to taint the image of east Africa's second biggest economy ahead of a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama, expected to be early next month. Eyewitnesses said riot police stepped in as the supporters started to assemble in the Soweto area of the city, making several arrests as they attempted to disperse the crowd. "Police fired teargas at the crowd of Chadema supporters, plus several rounds of ammunitions of warning shots into the air," Daudi Lameck, a resident of Arusha, told Reuters...
(Tanzania Daily News 06/18/13)
Dodoma — POLICE were blocked in their attempt to arrest suspects in the weekend's blast in Arusha, the National Assembly was told here on Monday. "We don't understand why police were blocked from executing their duty in Arusha on Saturday," the Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (Policy, Co-ordination and Parliamentary Affairs), Mr William Lukuvi, said. Reading the government's statement on the bomb blast, Mr Lukuvi expressed deep concern over the tragedy in which three people were killed and 70 others injured after unknown people threw a hand grenade at a rally staged by Chadema on Saturday. The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Said Mwema, has formed a team led by the Commissioner of Operations and Training in...
(Tanzania Daily News 06/18/13)
Dodoma — AIR Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) resurgence plans by the Oman Investment consortium have reached a dead end as the investor never returned after meeting the officials of the national carrier last January. The Deputy Minister for Transport, Mr Charles Tizeba, said in Parliament that the government never reached a deal with the Arab investor, contrary to foreign media reports that suggested erroneously that the government signed a 100 million dollar deal to invest in the ailing national carrier. "We did not discuss a 100 million-dollar investment in the ATCL. We were surprised to read from Omani press that we reached an agreement for 100 million dollar investment with him," the Deputy Minister informed Members of Parliament. He said...
(Human Rights Watch 06/18/13)
(Dar es Salaam) – Tanzanians who are most at risk of HIV face widespread police abuse and often can’t get help when they are victims of crime, Human Rights Watch and the Wake Up and Step Forward Coalition (WASO) said in a report released today. The 98-page report, “‘Treat Us Like Human Beings:’ Discrimination against Sex Workers, Sexual and Gender Minorities, and People Who Use Drugs in Tanzania,”documents abuses including torture, rape, assault, arbitrary arrest, and extortion. The organizations found that the fear of abuse is driving sex workers, people who use drugs, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people away from prevention and treatment services. The groups conducted their research from May 2012 to April 2013, and...
(AFP (eng) 06/18/13)
Three people have died in Tanzania following a grenade attack on an opposition political rally over the weekend, officials said Monday. Two people were killed in the Saturday attack in the northern city of Arusha at a large rally of the main opposition Chadema party on Saturday evening led by its president Freeman Mbowe, while some 60 more were wounded. A third person died from their wounds on Monday, said Josiah Mlay, chief doctor in Arusha's main hospital. Tanzanian police chief Saidi Mwema said officers were investigating the attack, which he said was a "suspected act of terrorism." There was no claim of responsibility for the attack, which took place on the last day of campaigning for municipal council elections...
(Ventures-Africa 06/17/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – The visit by President Obama to three African countries this month will cost between $60 million to $100 million dollars, it has been revealed. Hundreds of U.S. Secret Service agents are billed to be dispatched to secure facilities in Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. A Navy aircraft carrier or amphibious ship, with a fully staffed medical trauma center, will be stationed offshore in case of an emergency. Official documents cited by US media indicate that military cargo planes will airlift 56 support vehicles, including 14 limousines and three trucks loaded with sheets of bullet­proof glass to cover the windows of the hotels where the first family will stay. Fighter jets will fly in shifts, giving 24-hour coverage...
(Tanzania Daily News 06/17/13)
AVAILABLE figures show that Arusha Region suffered a loss a few years ago of at least 120,000 head of cattle, over half of its total herd of 200,000. If each animal is worth let's say, TzS 500,000 or $312 (some of course are worth more and some less but as an average) which means that their value was about TzS. 60,000,000,000 or $37,500,000. This huge loss of wealth is that of Tanzania citizens, and the nation. The Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development must be crying. This huge loss for the Masaii and even the GDP of Tanzania was attributed to drought and a dry season.But what is not mentioned very often, is much worse: some of these people and...
(Tanzania Daily News 06/17/13)
MY recent trip to Singida and part of Arusha region has indeed stunned me, after noticing how foreign traders are cheating our farmers. Though I had gone to those areas with a different purpose, an interest developed inside me, after noticing how young men and women were struggling to sell onions to passengers at the bus stand. A 5-litre container filled with onions was selling at 1,000/-, the price I found very cheap compared to Dar es Salaam where we buy the same lot for an average of 4,000/- to 5,000/- depending to where one goes for shopping. That cheap price then prompted me to conduct an ad hoc investigation as to where these traders were buying that commodity and...
(Tanzania Daily News 06/17/13)
London — TRADE, tax and transparency are the buzzwords here as the main pre-G8 Summit event takes place today involving heads of state and government from four African countries including Tanzania and leaders and business delegates from the world's most industrialised countries. President Jakaya Kikwete arrived here yesterday ahead of the Summit, which the British Prime Minister David Cameron has said would mark a shift in the G8 relationship with Africa, dubbing it "a transparency revolution." Tanzania's High Commissioner in the UK, Ambassador Peter Kallaghe, said here yesterday Mr Cameron had invited President Kikwete alongside heads of states from Ghana, Senegal and Guinea for the main pre-Summit, which seeks to set the 3Ts agenda (advancing trade, ensuring tax compliance and...
(Tanzania Daily News 06/17/13)
London — TANZANIA is one of 15 developing countries that will benefit from the G8 member countries' initiative to make sure that the poorest people benefit from their country's natural resources, by improving the transparency of their extractive industries and land rights. The British Prime Minister, Mr David Cameron, said over the weekend during a panel session with a section of African leaders at the Open for Growth event which focused on tax, trade and transparency that the countries had agreed to work together to realise their goals. "A lack of transparency means poor countries are not benefitting as much as they should from their natural resources so that they can fund their own development and fight poverty," noted Mr...
(The Citizen 06/17/13)
Dar es Salaam. A 29-year-old software developer has won over Sh500 million in a landmark Information Technology innovation deal for a local entrepreneur. The grant from the Financial Sector Deepening Trust (FSDT) was won by Mr Eric Mutta through Problem Solved Limited, a company he created in 2008. The budding software engineer who is based in Dar es Salaam, and whose ICT exploits were first brought into the public limelight by The Citizen, will receive his award tomorrow at a formal ceremony in the city. “I am excited as this award represents the company’s first major breakthrough in the ICT world and hopefully it will encourage many other young innovators to test the uncharted waters,” Mutta told The Citizen yesterday...
(The Citizen 06/17/13)
Arusha. As tension continued to grip Arusha City in the wake of a deadly bomb blast at a by-election campaign rally on Saturday afternoon, voting for new councillors at Kaloleni (the blast scene), Elerai, Themi and Kimandolu wards was postponed. The by-election has been postponed to June 30, the city director, Ms Sipora Liana, announced on Saturday night, just hours after the blast. A statement pasted on noticeboards at all voting stations and ward offices read that the fragile security situation in Arusha at the moment was not conducive for the polls to take place as scheduled. “The by-election has been postponed to June 30 because of the current tension in the city following a bomb attack at Kaloleni,” Ms...
(The Nation 06/17/13)
The Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) has moved in on the Malawi-Tanzania dispute over the boundary on Lake Malawi, outlining steps to be undertaken in the mediation process. Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ephraim Mganda Chiume led a delegation from Lilongwe to Maputo, Mozambique, to familiarise themselves with the contents of the road map. Chiume yesterday confirmed travelling to Mozambique where he met former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano, chairperson of the forum of retired heads of State. But the minister refused to be drawn into commenting on minute details of the process. He said: “There is need to desist [from] further commenting on this. The mediation team expressed concern that we are talking too much. So, regarding the...
(The Citizen 06/17/13)
There was an uneasy calm in Arusha city yesterday as a high powered police delegation started investigations into the seemingly unwarranted bombing of an opposition party’s campaign rally on Saturday. At the same time, minister for Home Affairs Emmanuel Nchimbi made an impromptu visit to Arusha as the government came under growing public pressure to put in check the wave of rising insecurity. He told reporters after a closed door meeting with the regional leaders and security officers that initial investigations indicated that the device used in the attack was a hand grenade. Inspector General of Police Saidi Mwema dispatched his director of Operations Paul Chagonja and acting director of Criminal Investigations Department Isaya Mgulu from Dar es Salaam to...
(The Citizen 06/17/13)
Dodoma. The government has again failed to allocate enough money for development projects that would lift Tanzania to a middle-income economy by 2025. With the budget presented last week, funding for 2013/14 would fall short by about Sh3 trillion. That is a deficit of nearly 34 per cent. In its mission to achieve Vision 2025, the government decided three years ago to implement it in five-year phases. The plan was to focus on projects such as taming poverty and boosting household incomes to middle class status. For the five-year development plan to meet Vision 2025 targets, the government must set aside Sh8.9 trillion each financial year for development purposes. But the government has earmarked only Sh5.76 trillion this financial year...
(The Citizen 06/17/13)
Dar/Iringa/Arusha. Ward by-elections in Dar es Salaam and Arusha regions were marred by tensions and violence that left some people injured including the Arumeru East MP, Mr Joshua Nassari. Mr Nassari was seriously injured after he was beaten up by a group of about 30 people wielding sticks and in Maasai attire as he left the Kwa Zaburi voting station in Makuyuni Ward, Monduli District in Arusha Region. A statement released by Mr John Mnyika, who is Ubungo MP and Chadema’s Information and Publicity director, accused the ruling CCM of orchestrating violence in almost all areas where the by-elections were held. He said in some instances the Chadema supporters were targeted and hijacked before they were beaten up by people...
(Business Week 06/17/13)
DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA - Bank of Africa (Tanzania) Limited has set aside $1.8 million (about Tsh2.8 billion) in mortgage loans to ease the housing shortage. The bank’s Relationship Manager, Ms Patricia Nguma said last week, “The easiest and most affordable means to own a home is through mortgage financing and that tells why mortgage loans are increasingly becoming popular in developing economies,” she said. She said borrowers do not have to start repayment until they have settled into their homes. BOA (Tanzania) are presently in a partnership with Tanzania Mortgage Refinance Company (TMRC) after acquiring a 9.75 percent stake recently. This acquisition was aimed at increasing the bank’s mortgage portfolio and gaining access to long term funds that will...
(AFP (eng) 06/15/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 15, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela is a very lonely man, one of his bodyguards told AFP Saturday, accusing the ailing anti-apartheid icon's medical team of controlling visits like prison guards. As South Africa and the rest of the world held its breath a week after the revered 94-year-old was hospitalised, Shaun van Heerden spoke out against the team run by army Surgeon-General Vejay Ramlakan. "At times it felt like he was back in prison," Van Heerden said. The bodyguard said he was "given leave" by his employers over accusations he leaked the place where Mandela was being treated to the media. Before he was checked in last week to receive treatment for a recurring lung infection, in...

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