Sunday 18 February 2018
(Ipp media 06/19/13)
A Cross-Section of Members Parliament yesterday asked the government to scrap mobile phone levies, saying raiding them amounted to bulldozing the ordinary people. Debating the National Budget estimates tabled last week by Finance minister Dr William Mgimwa, here yesterday, the Kigoma Urban MP, Peter Serukamba urged the government to find other revenue sources rather than concentrating on mobile phones. He opposed the proposed levies on mobile phone on the basis that the move is meant to exploit the ordinary people who are not sure of what to eat the next day. “As MPs we should fight these kind of levies which are intended to increase the burden to the ordinary man,” he said, calling on the government to look into...
(Hrw 06/19/13)
(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...
(24 Tanzania 06/19/13)
Tanzania has managed to remove 1,994 children from child labour in various sectors in Zanzibar and mainland. This was said yesterday by the Minister for Labour and Employment (MP), Hon. Gaudentia Kabaka during the 102nd session of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conference which is being held in Geneva, Switzerland from June 5 to 20th. Child labourShe said that the process was successful following the financial and technical support from various players including the ILO during the financial year 2012/2013. The operation was carried under a special programme on effective application on the forced and child labour conventions. “We managed to withdraw a total of 1,994 children (400 children in Zanzibar and 1,594 in Tanzania Mainland) from child labour in...
(Tanzania Daily News 06/19/13)
Dodoma — A FORMER commissioner of minerals wants the Tanzania Minerals Audit Agency (TMAA) be reviewed as its mandate and responsibilities overlap with that of other agencies. Mr Dalaly Peter Kafumu, a Member of Parliament of Igunga Constituency in Tabora Region said in Parliament on Monday that TMAA roles and responsibilities overlapped those of other institutions, such as the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) and the office of the Controller and Auditor General (CAG). "Tanzania Mineral Audit Agency has more or less similar responsibilities with TRA and CAG and Mining Department. It is better the government meets the stakeholders for rearrangement and each one should have specific roles and responsibilities," Dr Kafumu, a former Commissioner for Minerals at the Ministry of...
( 06/19/13)
Kampala — Sexual minorities, sex workers and people who use drugs who are at a higher risk of HIV than the general population, but in Tanzania, they face widespread police abuse and discrimination in health facilities, according to the new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Wake Up and Step Forward Coalition (WASO), a local rights group. The report, "Treat Us Like Human Beings": Discrimination against Sex Workers, Sexual and Gender Minorities, and People Who Use Drugs in Tanzania, documents abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, men who have sex with men (MSM), sex workers, and drug users. Abuses include denial of health services, violations of confidentiality and denial of freedom of association, as...
(Ipp media 06/19/13)
Tanzanian honey producers are set to put a special pavilion just for honey products at the 37th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF). The event has attracted over 400 foreign businesses that represent some 31 nations globally and at least 1600 local businesses have confirmed their participation in the coming 37th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF). According to a press statement issued by Tanzania Trade Development Authority (Tan-Trade) the event organiser, the fair will begin on June 28th and run to July 8th. Themed ‘Expand your business horizon’ the fair will see foreign businesses showcase their products from a host of continents including Asia, Europe and the Far East. “We have chosen this message because it embodies...
(Daily Nation 06/19/13)
Tanzanian police arrested four deputies of the main opposition Chadema party and 60 supporters in the northern city of Arusha on Tuesday as they gathered to pay tribute to murdered colleagues. Police said they had detained them on a charge of "illegal assembly". "We managed to get our hands on four Chadema deputies," Tanzanian police operations chief Paul Chagonja told reporters. They were still trying to find Chadema leader Freeman Mbowe, who they held responsible for the gathering, he added. Organisers of Tuesday's rally said it had been called to pay homage to three people killed when a hand grenade exploded at an opposition rally on Saturday, the last day of campaigning for municipal elections. The blast injured another 60...
(Voice of America 06/19/13)
LONDON — Efforts to fight the spread of HIV in Tanzania have been stymied by discrimination against high-risk groups, according to a report published Tuesday by Human Rights Watch. According to the new findings, widespread police abuse against sex workers, drug users, and men who have sex with men is a major hindrance in tackling the spread of the deadly virus. “Key populations are not being reached," says Human Rights Watch researcher Neela Ghoshal. "Sex workers are beaten and raped by police, often without condoms, on a regular basis. Gay men are driven underground. People who inject heroin do not know where to get clean needles.” In a case recounted from a December 2010, an 18-year-old man identified as gay...
(Tanzania Daily News 06/19/13)
PRIMARY school pupils in Sumbawanga municipality have literally accused their parents to the acting Regional Commissioner (RC) for Rukwa, Mr Iddy Kimanta, for withdrawing some of their number in order to marry them off to suitors, for a dowry. The pupils, whose bitterness in connection with the maltreatment was reflected in a message that was read to the RC at a public rally in Kanondo village, appealed for comprehensive government intervention. They were concerned that dropping out of school denied them education and that getting married at a tender age amounted to illegal child marriage. Some parents, they claimed, force their daughters out of school so they can help out in household chores. The RC also heard that some parents...
(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...

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